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How can I protect my children from viruses?

There are two major ways to protect your child from viruses.
  1. Effective hand-washing will reduce the number of illnesses your child gets. Clean hands make it very difficult for a virus to spread from person to person.
  2. Vaccinations reduce the chances of your child getting sick. Many of the rarest viruses are prevented by vaccination. Vaccination, like hand-washing, has been shown to help keep others in the house from getting a viral infection, too.
Howard I. Baron, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology
You can protect your children from viruses by teaching good hand washing, says Howard Baron, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he describes a variety of virus-protecting strategies for parents. 

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