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Keeping your family germ-free!

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It is officially Fall and that means that colds are going around and the flu isn't too far away from invading families. Sounds scary, doesn't it? I suffered my first seasonal cold a week ago and that landed me in the ER with swimmer's ear, bronchitis, and a Upper Respiratory Infection. Because I don't want you or your family to end up feeling miserable (like I have been feeling), there are ways to keep you and your family germ-free for as long as possible!

  1. Wash your hands! Washing your hands with an antibacterial soap is a great way to get rid of those nasty germs you pick up while you are out doing errands. Make sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Use hand sanitizer whenever possible. Now, I don't want you to be one of these people who constantly uses it because you fear that you'll get sick the one time you don't. A couple of times a day (especially if you've been out) should be enough.
  3. Wipe down any handles, phones, or surfaces your family constantly uses. Using Lysol Disinfectant sprays or wipes can get rid of 95% of germs that are hiding on those surfaces. 
  4. Practice good kitchen rules. Be sure to wipe all kitchen counters after dinner, especially if you used eggs or raw chicken. Those can harbor bacteria like e. Coli and Salmonella.
  5. If someone gets sick, be sure to wipe down and sanitize anything they touch, especially if they have the flu.
  6. If you have a suppressed immune system or tend to get sick easily, avoid contact with someone who is sick. Doctors recommend that those with suppressed immune systems, children, and the elderly get their flu shots early (in case of a shortage). I plan on getting one this year since I get sick easily.
  7. Get plenty of Vitamin C. You can do this with supplements, food, or drink. 
  8. Getting plenty of sleep is beneficial to keeping your immune system in check.
What are ways you keep your family healthy and germ-free?

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