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Germs are as common in schools as the ABCs and 123s. And, with so many kids together in one place, those germs are sure to be shared.

Fortunately, there are many steps you and your child can take to help stop illness in its tracks. From food poisoning to the flu, the following tips can help your child stay a little healthier this year.

Make sure your child is up-to-date on immunizations. At your child’s next doctor visit, find out which vaccines are needed. Some shots are needed only once or twice in a lifetime. Others are needed more often. The flu vaccine, for instance, is needed every year.

Handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Remind your kids that they need to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before eating, after blowing their noses and after playing.

Scrubbing hands with soap and rinsing with warm water for at least 20 seconds is best. But an alcohol-based sanitizer will do the trick when water isn’t available.

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