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9/25/14

Enterovirus D68:

Here are some tips from Children's Hospital Boston for those concerned about Enterovirus D68:

  • At home, wash your hands often, using soap and water, and wash for at least 20 seconds. Carry hand sanitizer when you are out and about. 
  • Don’t share cups or spoons, knives and forks, and wipe down toys and frequently-touched surfaces like doorknobs often.
  • Keep your distance from visibly sick people and don’t let sick people hold or care for your baby. And if you or a family member is feeling sick, stay home.
  • Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of the elbow or a tissue, not the hand.
  • If your child has asthma or any other lung disease, make sure he or she continues taking any medications as prescribed.
  • If someone in your family starts with the sniffles and a cough, don’t panic. Chances are that it is just a common cold. Keep a close eye and, if the cough gets worse or the person looks weak or is having trouble breathing, call your doctor or visit your local emergency room.

If you would like more information, please click on the Family Education Sheet. 

 

CDC info on Enterovirus D68

CDC poster on Enterovirus D68 (this information is good general info to help prevent the spread of any infection)