Archive for December, 2009

New Year’s Germ Proof Resolutions

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

The 2009 H1N1 scare is fading, leaving in its wake millions of cases of ”Swine Flu” and thousands of deaths. During the outbreak, we were repeatedly reminded of the importance of basic infection prevention techniques to protect ourselves and our families from the virus. As the New Year 2010 begins, we shouldn’t forget the lessons of Swine Flu – those same prevention techniques protect us from seasonal flu (which is just starting up) and most other germ threats.

Here are my top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Germ Proofing your family, keyed to Chapters in Germ Proof Your Kids – The Complete Guide to Protecting (without Overprotecting) Your Family from Infections (ASM Press, Washington, D.C, 2008):

1. Teach yourself and your family effective hand washing, including when to use hand santizers  (Chapter 9)

2. Teach yourself and your family proper “cough and sneeze” etiquette (Chapter 9)

3. Make sure you and your family are up to date on all of your vaccines, especially flu (Chapter 7)

4. Understand the appropriate and inappropriate uses of antibiotics (Chapter 5)

5. Recognize the places in your home where dangerous germs lurk (Chapter 9)

6. Institute an effective home disinfecting program to minimize the risks of catching germs from household members and the surfaces they have contacted (Chapter 9)

7. Learn what measures your kids’ schools and/or day care centers are using to protect your kids and others (Chapter 9)

8. Feed your family a heatlhy diet that boosts their immunity (Chapter 10)

9. Recognize the difference between prudence and paranoia in protecting your family; remember, overprotecting can be as harmful as underprotecting (Chapter 12)

10. Understand the benefits and the risks of over-the-counter treatments for common infections (Chapter 8 )

My best wishes to you and your family for a happy and HEALTHY New Year!