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Cold and Flu Season: 6 Tips for Staying Healthy

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Wash Your Hands

It’s no secret that hand washing kills germs, but antibacterial soap is only marginally more effective than regular soap is, says Dr. Minster: “What really counts when getting dirt and germs off your hands is the amount of soap you use and the amount of time you actually spend washing them." Teach your child to scrub his hands with soap for at least 15 to 20 seconds, and consider packing a waterless hand-sanitizer for when you’re out and about. Dr. Minster notes that “alcohol-based hand sanitizers don't remove dirt, but they do effectively dry out and kill 99% of the bacteria and virus particles on your hands.”