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Back to School: Protecting your child from germs

Now that school is back in session, your child is more susceptible to bacteria and viruses. Your child will come into contact with germs on a daily basis, but there are simple and easy ways to keep your child healthy.

“Germs are everywhere and cannot be seen by the eye,” NARMC’s Dr. John Leslie said. “Bacteria and viruses are all germs. The best way to prevent of getting an infection is good handwashing.”

Hand washing tips provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

When should you wash your hands: •Before, during and after preparing food •Before eating food •Before and after caring for someone who is sick •Before and after treating a cut or wound •After using the toilet •After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet •After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing •After touching an animal or animal waste •After handling pet food or pet treats •After touching garbage

How to properly wash your hands: • Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap and apply soap. • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails. • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

“Vaccinations are also important when it comes to preventing infections,” Dr. Leslie added. “The flu shot is very important for school-aged children.”

Flu shots will be available in September. NARMC will post more information regarding flu shots soon.

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No information or content on this website is to be taken as implicit or explicit advice. Please contact a medical professional for guidance.

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