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Russians and the Heated Discussions about Immunization

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Have you ever read a post about immunization that made you think it must have been fabricated?

Russian bots posted 75% more anti-vaccine messages than the average user according to a research from July 2014 to September 2017. These trolls have been posting both pro and anti-vaccine messages in order to promote discord in American society, according to Mark Dredze, Ph.D.

The story was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics magazine in November, 2018.

Washing the germs away

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Anyone around young children knows that their hands get dirty quickly. These hands touch eyes, noses and mouths, infecting everyone and everything that may come in contact.

 

Washing hands is the most effective way you can teach your child to eliminate germs. For a quick brush-up on handwashing, here are a few tips:

 

Lather hands for 20 seconds      

For young children, it’s a great time to sing the ABCs. You can use a cheap timer too (also helpful when brushing your child’s teeth).

 

Skip the antibacterial soap

Antibacterial soap is not better than regular soap and may actually eliminate good bacteria on the skin. For young children: use scented soap and ask to smell their hands afterwards – they will love to show off their fragrant hands.

 

Wash around nails

Most people neglect this part of handwashing. It is important to wash under the nails and all around the cuticles.

 

When to wash your hands

After petting animals;

After using the restroom or changing diapers;

Before handling food or eating;

Every time children go back inside;

After coughing or sneezing;

After blowing your nose.

 

Thinking about skipping the flu shot this year? The CDC estimated that 80,000 deaths last year. Please consider getting flu shots for all your family and kids and make sure they have healthy hygiene habits.

 

Links

Do you wash your hands after using a public restroom? 69% of men and 35% of women don’t wash their hands after using a public restroom – U.S. National Library of Medicine

Handwashing Poster – CDC

Mom-tested handwashing tricks – Parenting.com