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Germ Warfare: How to Keep Your Kids Healthy

Hard (Cold) Facts Why Can't They Cure the Common Cold?

The problem is there are hundreds of different cold viruses out there, and they are constantly changing. So while you can be vaccinated against the current strain of the flu, you'd have to line up and get about 200 or more anti-cold shots.

Kiss and Tell

Pushing an elevator button is more likely to make you sick than kissing your under-the-weather husband. Why? If someone sneezes into his hand before hitting the button, the virus-ridden fluid from his nose awaits you. Saliva, however, contains little, if any, cold virus, explains Dr. Schachter.

Keep Your Distance

Avoid close contact with people who have the flu, advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Droplets in sneezes and coughs can travel up to 6 feet.

Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the December 2007 issue of Family Circle magazine.


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