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Cold and Flu Prevention

How to keep your family healthy this year.

by: Nancy Ripton

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few simple steps can make the difference between a year full of sick days and a healthy family. Here are four easy ways to help keep your family cold and flu-free this year.

Wash hands often

“Washing hands is the best way to keep infection free,” says Dr. Anne Matlow, a medical advisor at SickKids Hospital in Toronto. Talk to your child’s preschool or daycare about washing all children’s hands before they enter the play area, and about making hand washing a part of the curriculum.

At home, wash hands as soon as you enter the house and before eating. If you’re out, carry an alcohol-based wash (such as Purell) or alcohol-based wipes in your purse in case you can’t find a sink and water. “Baby wipes won’t do,” says Dr. Matlow. They’re not strong enough to kill germs.

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