Foil the flu
Avoid catching the flu with these 7 tips.
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Help your family avoid colds and flu with these 7 tips:

  1. Wash hands, it’s the best way to avoid contamination. Encourage your children to use warm water and soap, and make sure they lather up for 20 seconds.
  2. Cover the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.
  3. Don’t touch. Teach kids not to touch their mouths, noses or eyes more than necessary – that’s how germs get from the hands into the body.
  4. Rest up. A good sleep routine is essential for the healthy functioning of the immune system.
  5. Get exercise. It’s a myth that the cold air gives kids colds and flu. In fact, the fresh air is good for them. Much better to go for a walk than to be indoors in close contact with other people, some of whom might be infectious.
  6. Eat right. In cold season particularly, children need the vitamins found in fruits and vegetables to bolster the immune system. Invest in a good children’s multivitamin, too.
  7. Stay home. Do other moms a favour and keep sick children at home – they’ll recover better and you’ll avoid infecting the entire class.

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