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What can I do to protect my kids from getting colds or the flu?

The single most important thing that you, your kids, or anyone can do to keep colds and the flu away is to wash your hands frequently! Proper hand washing will cut down on the spread of viruses considerably.

Make sure that your children know how to properly wash their hands with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds.  To add some fun, have them sing two versus of the song “Happy Birthday”. When they are finished singing, they have washed their hands for the right amount of time.

You’ll also want to make sure that your children know when they should wash their hands; after using the bathroom, before and after meals, if they sneeze or cough into their hands, etc.
A virus can live up to three hours on a surface so using disinfectant around your home will also help reduce the chance of your child catching a cold or flu virus.  There are many commercial cleaning products that will kill viruses, but you can also use a mixture of bleach and water.
Getting yearly vaccinations is highly recommended you are in a category that is considered high-risk. Talk to your family physician about the vaccinations.

Keeping your child away from other children who are exhibiting symptoms is wise. And lastly, feeding your children a healthy diet and making sure they get daily exercise will keep their immune system at its best so their bodies can fight off viruses.

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