NWR: Teacher Bees, how long to a stronger immune system?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2117 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Ugh, I feel you. I only taught for one year (but am likely going back) and was so sick all the time. I NEVER get sick, so it was a huge change for me. A lot of the teachers at my school said it took them 3 years to really get adjusted to all of the germs – so hopefully this is your last sick year!

I think I lost my voice like 4 times from colds/bronchitis that first year, not to mention the stomach flu a couple of times and a bout of strep throat. Good luck & feel better!

Post # 4
532 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I used to NEVER get sick but when I started teaching, I was sick at least once a year with something severe and 3-4 times with colds.

I am now in my 5th year of teaching elementary school and I feel like the immunity has finally kicked in. I can have Kindergarten kids literally sneezing in my face and on my food, and…nothing (haha – gross I know). I just take Vitamin C and don’t even get a scratchy throat.

Even by my 4th year, things were getting better.


Post # 5
3084 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@KatiePi:  Mine got stronger after my second year. I still get sick, though. I had a bad sinus infection this year and was out due to it. But I am prone to sinus infections. I teach the older kids though (10 – 12 grade), so they don’t really cough on me and stuff. It’s just when they cough and sneeze all of their tests that I have to grade.

On a side note, do you take Zicam? I found that that helped me with the severity of my colds.

Hope you feel better!

Post # 6
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

FI was in elementary school teaching for 10 years and always got sick at least 3-4 times a year. It had been a long time since I had been sick that frequently, but it seemed I would always catch whatever he got! Kids would sneeze on him etc..he also did a lot of library and computer work with them and I think touching the keyboards/books that they did just spread more germs no matter how much he tried to wash his hands or use hand sanitizer.

He now works for a non-profit and has commented on how much better he’s done in the past year in terms of getting sick. Seems it can be tough to avoid.

Post # 7
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I once had an older teacher tell me she didn’t get a strong immune system for about 5 years after her first year.

I have already had the flu, a stomach virus and I just got back from the doctors wherebhe confirmed I had strep.

Anything my third graders get, I get.  Thank god for this crazy snow storm we had last night because school was called off today and I didn’t have to use a sick day.


Post # 8
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I teach high schjool, 9th graders, and am in my 13th year of teaching.

My immune system is great. I pretty much never get sick – the most I get is a mild sniffle, but I don’t bother to take days off for that; it’s not worth it.

I have found that changing buildings does kind of reset the clock so to speak. You have to get used to the germs in that building and with those kids. Anecdotally, I’d say it takes 3-4 years for the immunity to kick in.

Post # 11
5815 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@KatiePi:  At the first sign of a cold, start taking airborne (3 times a day–BTW created by a teacher), a neti pot or saline wash (not saline spray) as often as you can and zinc lozenges (not zinc supplements). The zinc in the lozenge gets aerosalized and binds to the virus in your lungs. Even if this doest make the cold go away, it makes it soooo much beter/shorter.

As for keeping colds away–wash your hands obsessively. I was a Home Ec teacher. When I was in the kitchen and washing my hands 2-3 times an hour, I never, ever got a cold. When I was in the sewing room, I always got sick. 

Do you have a sink in your room? If you do, wash your hands between every period. Also, any kid that sneezes or coughs in your room, walk over with the hand sanitizer and give them a squirt.

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