Healthy habits to combat back-to-school germs

Try to cut down on the 8–12 colds a year your child may acquire

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Don’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 than toilets.
Next, pick up school supplies that help fight germs, such as shelf liners with Clorox antimicrobial protection. The shelf liner features an antimicrobial additive to prevent the growth of odor-causing mold and mildew on the liner. Plus, it can be tossed in the wash for easy cleaning. Place the liners in areas of your home or classroom where school items are stored like floors, counters, desks and shelves. For more information, visit
Help stave off colds and flu all school year with great germ-fighting habits. (StatePoint)

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