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Kids Cough Like Dracula, Prevent Spreading Germs

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) "Cover your cough." It's one of the best ways to keep from spreading the flu and other winter illnesses. That's why even preschoolers are learning to cover their coughs.

Flu season is well on the way, and many of us have already gotten our flu shots. But there's more we can do to keep the flu under control.

Can you cough like Dracula, into your sleeve? These preschoolers from the College of Southern Idaho Child Care Center show us how it's done.

CSI Child Care Coordinator Mary Hopkins says, "We teach them how to clean their noses, and when they sneeze or cough, to Dracula cough."

The main ways to protect yourself from the flu are to get your flu shot if you haven't already got it, stay at home when you're sick, wash your hands frequently, and cover your cough.

Public Health Nurse Logan Hudson says, "The flu virus lives in your upper respiratory tract, in your mouth, in your nose. When you cough, you expel that virus and expose others. So cough into your hand, a tissue, or more likely your elbow like this, prevents that virus from spreading."

If you sneeze into your hand, wash it immediately. Using a hand sanitizer will help temporarily, but washing your hands right away will help prevent the spread of germs that could make you feel a lot less like celebrating the upcoming holidays.

Hopkins says, "Handwashing is the number one cure for passing germs."

Last year was the worst flu season on record. Nationwide, 3,000 people went to the hospital and 169 children died.

December 18, 2013.


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