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Simple Steps to Stop the Germs and Stay Healthy

Posted by: Betsey Thompson MSN, CPNP   |   Thursday, October 23, 2014   |   Latest Articles   |   Back to Blog

Don’t get me wrong…I love this time of year! Cooler temperatures, hot chocolate, Colts football…It’s great!

What I don’t love is the coughing and sneezing and runny nose wiping (yuck!). How can we keep from getting all those nasty viruses? 

The short list:

  • Get a flu vaccine
  • Make sure everyone in your family gets a flu vaccine too (children younger than 6 months can’t be vaccinated, so they count on everyone around them to get protected)
  • Wash your hands often
  • Keep your hands away from your face
  • Teach everyone to cough or sneeze into their sleeve or a tissue, not into the air around them
  • Stay away from people who are sick

The bare essentials of washing your hands:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water
  • Lather the soap on your hands by rubbing them together, making sure you lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song)
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or paper towels

Staying healthy is so much easier than being sick!

Additional Resources

Keep Your Kids Safe-Get Them Vaccinated Every Fall or Winter! 

Handwashing Materials from the CDC

 

Betsey Thompson MSN, CPNP
Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
at Hendricks Regional Health

 

 

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