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Tip of the Week #2

Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, before and after changing diapers or helping a child use the toilet.

Tip of the Week #15

Fluids, rest and acetaminophen are the best way to treat colds and the flu. Although you will usually feel better in 4 – 5 days, it may take as long as three weeks to completely recover.

Tip of the Week #39

Bacterial infections are less common than viral infections and don’t spread as easily from one person to another.

Tip of the Week #35

Disinfectants will kill 99.9% of germs on hard, smooth surfaces. They must be used at the right concentration and for the right amount of time to be effective. Disinfectants are not intended for use on the skin.

Tip of the Week #16

Salt-water nose drops are the best treatment for babies with nasal congestion caused by a cold. You can make your own or buy them at the store.

Tip of the Week #6

Make sure that plain soap is available in the washroom of your child’s daycare or school, in your workplace and in places where you eat.

Tip of the Week #20

Most sore throats are due to viruses. A doctor cannot tell, just by looking, whether a sore throat is due to a virus or to Streptococcus bacteria (Strep throat). A throat swab is the only way to know if antibiotics might help.

Tip of the Week #5

Handwashing is the best way to stop the spread of colds. Always wash your hands after being with someone who has a cold or influenza.

Tip of the Week #28

Sinusitis is caused by viruses up to 200 times more often than bacteria.  A yellow or green drainage from the nose does not mean you have a bacterial infection!

Tip of the Week #18

The best way to prevent influenza is to get the influenza vaccine. Talk to your doctor or visit your nearest public health clinic.