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    Hand Washing

    Does it seem like everybody's blowing their noses, sneezing, and coughing? Uh-oh, it's cold season! 

    Washing your hands, often and well, is one of the best ways to protect yourself from colds -- and from many other infections and illnesses. Before lathering up, read about the right way to wash your hands.

    Neil Izenberg, MD

    for Parents

    Why Hand Washing Is So Important
    Did you know that proper hand washing is the best way to keep from getting sick? Here's how to teach this all-important habit to your kids.

    Germs are the microscopic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa that can cause disease. With a little prevention, you can keep harmful germs out of your family's way.
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    Yearly vaccination is the best protection against the flu. Find out when and why kids should get the vaccine. 
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    Sinus infections cause the sinuses (moist air spaces within the bones of the face around the nose) to swell or become irritated. They're common and easily treated.



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