Sleep is an underappreciated component of good health and success in school, Prescott said. “Lack of sleep can cause concentration issues, bad moods and decreased immunity, among other health problems.” Not only will those hours of shut-eye add up to better grades, the immunity boost will result in more healthy days in the classroom.
Time to immunize
“Vaccines are, without a doubt, one of the two or three greatest advances in medicine ever,” Prescott said. And, he said, careful studies have debunked myths that they cause autism or other dangers. “The concerns about their safety are unfounded.”
While children need basic immunizations just to enter school, Prescott strongly encourages parents to have their children immunized against influenza each year.
“Put simply, the annual flu shot is the No. 1 thing you can do for your kids to help them have a healthy school year,” he said.
Ryan Stewart is media relations coordinator for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.