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Health Feature: Kids and Germs

Kids and GermsKeep it Clean: Kids and Germs

What are germs? “Germs is a nonmedical term for any organism that can cause an infection,” says Dr. Delma Nieves. What kind of infections? Kids, especially in schools, can contract respiratory infections as well as skin infections, says Dr. Nieves.  Parents, teachers and caregivers should make sure children are instructed on proper hygiene techniques, like handwashing, to prevent the spread of germs.

Proper handwashing and other tips to keep the germs away, will ensure that you have a happy and healthy cold and flu season.

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Should You Go To School?

Have you ever gone to school when you didn't feel so well? Everyone has probably done it, but if you think you have the flu, it's very important to stay home from school.

Want to know what the symptoms of the flu are? You can check out this informational guide.

Why Should I Care About Germs?

You may think germs are something you don't have to worry about, but germs are tiny organisms that can cause disease.

Want to learn more about the germs that inhabit our world? Check out this article about the things that make us sick.

Reduce the Risks of Cold and Flu Germs

It’s cold and flu season! While there’s no protection against germs at school or the workplace, this tip sheet provides a list of ways to reduce your risk.

Remember to wash your hands. Washing your hands helps reduce your risk of getting sick.

Germ Busters

Washing your hands is the number one way to protect yourself from getting sick. The experts at CHOC Children's Community Education Department have developed a program called Germ Busters, where kids become "GERMBUSTERS" where they learn how to protect themselves against germs when someone coughs or sneezes. They also learn the importance of proper hand washing and figure out how easily germs are spread through a fun glitter experiment, book and video.