Winter is coming, and with it the flu

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By Paula Christine Schuler

Along with winter comes the flu, common cold and infectious onslaughts that interrupt work and fun. While avoiding the flu isn’t always achievable, there are some simple ways to avoid the stress of missed classes and lost income.

It is easy to dismiss the power of soap and water, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it is critical to preventing illness and the spread of enemy microbes. It is so important, the CDC endorses the fifth annual of Global Handwashing Day Oct. 15.

The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap is behind Global Handwashing Day.

Nursing students are tested on hand-washing skills, nursing student Kim Vilo said. “It is the No. 1 way of preventing the spread of germs. Wash your hands as long as it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to yourself.”

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