Helpful Hints to Protect Yourself Against Colds & Flu - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/25/05

Helpful Hints to Protect Yourself Against Colds & Flu

We're not out of the woods yet when it comes to winter colds and the flu. Some advice for us to pass on to our kids.

"Getting your kids to wash their hands, cough into their elbow, if they use Kleenex, throw them away themselves, then to wash their hands again," says Dr. Margaret Morris, a pediatrician.

Hand washing is important, but since most winter bugs are airborne, even clean hands won't help if you touch something that has just been infected and then touch your eyes or nose.

The Centers for Disease Control warns that some viruses and bacteria can live two hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks so frequent cleaning is important too.

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