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Preventing Flu and Viruses

It’s that time of year when colds, flu and other viruses are prevalent.  Advanced Pediatrics would like to remind parents that antibiotics are NOT effective against viruses, so prevention is the best answer to keeping your family healthy.  We recommend the following tips to help protect your family:  

  1. Make sure to get your seasonal flu vaccine!  

  2. Eat well balanced meals and get plenty of rest.  

  3. Wash hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently. When washing with soap and warm water, wash hands for at least 20 seconds. (Hint:  Have kids sing the "Happy Birthday" song 2 times.) When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, put enough on hands to make them wet. Then rub them together until dry.

  4. Teach children to turn their heads and cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue, or the inside of their elbow if a tissue is not available.  Remind them that used tissues should be thrown in the trash right away.

  5. Remind children to avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth with their hands, and not to share anything that goes into the mouth. Avoid sharing washcloths and towels also. 

  6. Wash dishes and utensils in hot, soapy water or the dishwasher.  Disinfect doorknobs, toilet handles, counter-tops, and toys with a disinfectant wipe or soap and hot water to help kill germs.

  7. Finally, avoid close contact with those who are ill and keep your children home when they are sick!

 
Posted: 3/9/2016 8:18:40 PM by Elaine Hehemann | with 0 comments
Filed under: flu, prevention, viruses


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