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Facing Up to Facts About Germs

Excess Germs are Bad for Your Health:

Excess Germs are Bad for Your Health Everyone knows that germs can be shared with others However, did you know that you can stop the spread of germs? New research shows how costly germs can be and how the spread of germs can be prevented with a few simple steps

What are the risks associated with germs?:

What are the risks associated with germs? Being exposed to germs puts you at an increased risk for these and more illnesses! Ear Infection Influenza Mononucleosis Common Cold Strep Throat Sinus Infection

Even a few germs can put you at risk!:

Even a few germs can put you at risk! The risk of illness starts when someone is exposed to just a few germs The likelihood of illness increases as someone is exposed to more and more germs Many of these illnesses can cause suffering for individuals and families

Prevention is Key:

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that everyone 6 months and older get the influenza vaccine. “There is a greater realization that we all interact with each, so the best way to reduce the spread of the flu is to vaccinate everyone.” -Dr. Susan Rehm, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Prevention is Key

Cover your mouth!:

Cover your mouth! Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze can help reduce the spread of germs Try to carry tissues with you when feeling sick If you have to, use your sleeve to cover your mouth instead of using your hands

Sanitize Often:

Sanitize Often After you cough, sneeze, or touch particularly germy surfaces, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands These surfaces include: Doorknobs Refrigerator handles Television remotes Money

The spread of germs is under your control!:

The spread of germs is under your control! Research suggests that there are specific characteristics that distinguish individuals who are most likely to have poor germ habits from individuals who are least likely to have poor germ habits.

Experts agree…:

Experts agree… YOU have the power to prevent the spread of germs!

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