Try to cut down on the 8–12 colds a year your child may acquire (c) nellas – Fotolia.comDon’t let the new school year plague your family with germs. ■ Chronicle News Service Did you know that, on average, elementary school children get 8–12 colds or cases of the flu each school year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? This school year, follow some healthy habits to avoid the back-to-school plague. First, wash hands and other items that you touch, like cell phones or desks, frequently. Cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats; and school desks have been found to hold 400 times more bacteria

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