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Stop Germs

Say What?

  • 72 = the number of hours cold and flu germs can survive on common surfaces
  • 300 = the number of surfaces a child can touch and retouch in 30 minutes
  • 10,000 = the number of bacteria in a sneeze
  • 189 million = the number of school days lost every year to the common cold

How You Can Stop the Spread

Your number one defense against the spread of germs is maintaining a healthy lifestyle - eating a well-balanced diet, participating in regular physical activity, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of sleep.

Other Helpful Habits

  • Wash your hands often, with soap, for at least 30 seconds
  • Stay home if you’re sick and keep your kids home when they’re sick
  • Don’t share drinks, food, clothing, or school supplies
  • Disinfect and sanitize hard surfaces, including toys, doorknobs, faucets, countertops, remote controls, and telephones
  • Keep disinfecting wipes, hand soap, and tissues readily available
  • Have annual physicals and recommended immunizations

Learn more about disease prevention:

Hints, Tips & Tricks

Have fun while learning about disease prevention! Teachers, parents, and kids alike will enjoy our library of games, activities, and coloring pages.

  • Educational Games

    The activities below are ways to help teach your students about germs and disease prevention.

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  • Gleam Team Lesson Plans

    In these fun hand-washing labs, students will learn the importance of and steps to effective hand washing.

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  • Seasonal Fact Sheets

    Download and print the PDFs below for
    seasonal health tips.

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