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Ah, winter . . . the season of germs

Ah, winter . . . the season of germs

So, how do health professionals stay well when they’re exposed to germs all day? And what’s their advice for you? 

“I wash my hands . . . all the time!” – Becky, RN

Scrub for at least 20 seconds using soap and water; if you need a timer, hum “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice. Visit the CDC for more info on how handwashing saves lives. 

“ I use sanitizer wipes everywhere! Especially to wipe down my phone, computer and mouse.” – Bev, IT specialist

“We wipe down the entire front and back inside the ambulance at the beginning and end of each shift.” – Amber, paramedic

Wherever you work: Wipe down your work station, phone and equipment frequently with sanitizer. 

“I take my own pen everywhere, and avoid communal pens at stores, banks, and the doctor’s office.” – Sarah, Wellness Education

In public, open doors with your elbow, or cover your hand with your sleeve before grabbing the doorknob. 

“It helps me when patients wear masks if they have a cold or cough.” -- Tammy, Patient Services Representative

Wear a mask at the doctor’s office even if you are healthy . . . especially if you are pregnant. 

“Eat a nutritional diet. Get enough sleep. Cough into your sleeve. If you’re sick, stay home.” – Sara Hernberg, MD 

“Keep kids home if they’re sick, so they don’t expose other kids.” -- Sara Gergen, CPNP-PC, NNP-BC

And grownups: You should stay home too when you’re sick. No one wants your germs, either. 

“I think I just have a good immune system because I’m exposed to germs all the time.” -- Linda, RN

Seriously, though: Get lots of Vitamin C and drink lots of fluids. 

“Practice good self-care. Get adequate sleep, eat a healthy diet, and get your flu shot.” – April Fitzloff, PA-C

Flu shots are available at our clinics in Northfield, Lonsdale, Lakeville and Farmington. Call for your appointment.