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School Season Equals Germ Season: Tips for Keeping Healthy

September 28, 2009

CONCORD, N.H. - School is back in full swing in New Hampshire and that also means the annual battle against germs has begun. Schools are often called "breeding grounds" for viruses and bacteria, and with concern about H1N1 this year and no vaccine for the so-called swine flu available until sometime in October, being prepared for the battle takes on new urgency.

Kristina Diamond, policy director for the New Hampshire Public Health Association, says the old-fashioned basics are the best protection from H1N1 and many virus and bacterial infections. She says there are three such basics to remember: cover, as in cover coughs and sneezes; protect, as in limit contact with people who are ill, and if you're sick, stay home; and most importantly, use plenty of soap and warm water.

"The number-one defense that people can do is to continue to wash their hands frequently. That really reduces the amount of transmittable germs."

While H1N1 has received a lot of attention, seasonal flu, the common cold, and other infections result in more than 22 million school absences nationwide each year. Diamond says understanding how these infections spread through the air, or on surfaces, is important when thinking about prevention.

"The best thing to do is to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, and if you do use tissues, to make sure that you throw them directly into the garbage."

Diamond says schools are breeding grounds for germs because of close contact with others and so many shared surfaces. She cites research that shows some viruses and bacteria can live more than two hours on a doorknob or a desk, which means those surfaces need frequent cleaning, too.

More tips for preventing illness are available by visiting the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Web site at:

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - NH