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Lysol® recognizes the importance of educating students about healthy habits, both in the classroom and at home so they can stay healthy and won't miss school because of sick days. That's why we've partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) and National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to develop materials that help educate students on healthy habits like proper hand washing tips, how to prevent germs from spreading and much, much more!

About Community-Associated MRSA

You have probably heard about MRSA: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This is a type of staph bacteria that does not react to certain antibiotics. Staph will typically cause skin infections, but MRSA can also cause other infections - including pneumonia.

Staph and MRSA can be spread by skin-to-skin contact, sharing or touching a personal item with someone with infected skin, or touching a surface or item that has been in contact with someone with MRSA.

  • Traditionally, staph infections, including MRSA, have occurred most often among people in hospitals and healthcare facilities (such as nursing homes and dialysis centers) who have weakened immune systems.
  • Community-Associated MRSA (CA-MRSA), however, can cause illness in those outside of hospital/healthcare facilities.
  • CA-MRSA symptoms include skin infections like pimples and boils. CDC has discovered CA-MRSA infections among groups such as athletes and children; factors in the spread of the infection is thought to be close skin-to-skin contact, openings in the skin such as cuts or abrasions, contaminated items and surfaces, crowded living conditions, and poor hygiene.

For students spending times in locker rooms, dormitories or other close conditions, it's especially important to practice these basic yet important hygiene measures:

  • Keep hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
  • Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages.
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.

Learn more about Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA in Germs 101.