The Most Germy Public Places

swimming pools gyms restaurant menus fruit wedges water fountain soap dispensers shopping carts elevator buttons hotel rooms playgrounds ATM

The Germiest Things You Touch

cellphone remote control computer keyboard dish sponge toothbrush holder anything in the office break room dog toys money your office coffee cup purse ATM shopping carts soap dispensers cloth hand towels birthday cake after the candles are blown out

Influenza vs. The Common Cold

Signs and Symptoms Influenza Cold Symptom onset Abrupt Gradual Fever Usual; lasts 3-4 days Rare Aches Usual; often severe Slight Chills Fairly common Uncommon Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes Sneezing Sometimes Common Stuffy nose Sometimes Common Sore throat Sometimes Common Chest discomfort, cough Common; can be severe Mild to moderate; hacking cough Headache Common Rare Influenza . . . 

15 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

chest pain lasting longer than a couple minutes or that returns shortness of breath vision problems like double vision, blurry vision, or loss of vision burns with blisters, splotchy skin, charred or white areas, or > 3 inches in size vomiting for > 24 hours or with presence of blood head injury with loss of consciousness, . . . 

How To Avoid Colds And Flu

wash your hands often sanitize surfaces at home and work stay away from sick people boost your immune system: eat lots of fruits & veggies, get extra rest, daily exercise, avoid stress, and limit alcohol get a flu shot cough into your elbow don’t share: food, drinks, utensils, blankets, toys, or anything that could spread . . . 

Plan For Surviving Violence

get trained in CPR/First Aid plan with friends/family where to meet if evacuation becomes necessary have phone fully charged and flashlight app installed memorize you loved ones’ phone numbers in case you lose your phone wear appropriate shoes to evacuate quickly if needed know where the exits are, including windows trust your instincts: if something feels . . . 

Should You Get A Flu Shot?

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends all persons aged 6 months and older get the annual vaccination, with rare exception.  Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages, but there are flu shots that are approved for use in people as young as 6 months of age and up.  Flu shots are approved for . . . 

Back To School Checklist

Update immunizations.  See recommendations at: Visit an eye doctor for vision screening. Schedule a complete physical exam. Update the emergency contact card at the school.  Where should your child go in the event of an early dismissal or illness if you cannot be reached? Advise the school staff of health problems that your . . . 

Tell Your Teen How To Prevent Meningitis

get vaccinated don’t share lipstick, drinks, or utensils don’t kiss someone who seems sick wash hands with soap after touching public surfaces disinfect door knobs, computers, and counters sneeze into your elbow or a tissue keep hands away from your face: bacteria can be introduced through eyes, nose, or mouth eat healthy foods to boost immune . . .