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This time of year, it seems like there’s always something going around — whether it’s the flu, strep throat or a gastrointestinal illness. As the weather gets cooler and the holidays near, we’re starting to congregate indoors, making it easy for germs to pass from person to person.
Thankfully, there are some things you can do to protect yourself and others from getting sick. Alice Bachop, family nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta, recommends ways you can help prevent the spread of common illnesses:
“If, despite your best efforts, you still get sick this season, stay home until your symptoms resolve or for at least 24 hours if you’re taking an antibiotic. This is an effective way to avoid spreading your illness to others,” says Bachop. “It’s also a good idea to throw away any toothbrushes or other personal items that could be hosting your germs.”
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