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7 Prevalent Back-To-School Infections and Viruses

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Come September, kids are welcomed back to the books by more than just new teachers and locker partners. Viral infections, bacteria, and germs are lurking in the hallways and classrooms, ready to pounce on unsuspecting students with low immune systems.

Although doctors recommend a healthy diet, regular physical activity, washing hands regularly, and plenty of sleep to help keep young minds and immune systems sharp—beware of these prevalent  back-to-school contagions that your kids may be tracking home along with their homework…

1. Influenza

It usually starts with a scratchy throat, followed by an irritating cough, fatigue, chills, clammy skin, and a muscle pain…all over.  The problem is that once the symptoms of influenza set it, it’s often too late! However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that every student and school faculty member get a flu shot as a way to prevent the onslaught of influenza circling hallways in late September, and October, and again in the late winter months. The CDC claims a simple flu shot will reduce your probability of contracting the flu by up to 90-pecent.

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