Over 1,000 cases of H1N1 have now been reported/suspected in the state of Alabama, and sick season is just around the corner. With children back in schools and especially at universities, the number will continue to rise with the close proximity between them. When the virus first came into the public eye, ways of keeping from getting it were on everyone's mind. A few of my articles touched on some preventative measures, and natural antibiotics, and I'd like to refer back to them now.
Keeping clean hands: Washing hands properly is one of the best methods of keeping germ-free. Also, hand sanitizers are proven effective for killing germs on skin. Give your child a small hand sanitizer, if the school allows it, to carry in their backpack. Make sure your kids also know not to touch their face often, and to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue instead of their hand. If a tissue is not available, cough/sneeze on the upper portion of their sleeve... just don't use it as a snot rag.
Cleaning substances: Cleaning wipes and sprays are useful when killing germs on phones, desks, etc. If your child is not allowed to have a hand sanitizer, Wet Ones makes a great hypoallergenic hand sanitizing wipe they can use instead.
These methods are not a 100% guarantee that H1N1 will not be contracted, but they definitely do help prevent against it and many other infection-causing organisms. Follow these procedures and stay healthy!