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      Stay Safe From 'Back To School Plague'

      Students are heading back to school, but the start their new classroom can also be a hot zone for germs.

      Teachers and parents informally call it "The Back to School Plague."

      The Centers for Disease Control says that on average, elementary school students get eight to twelve colds or cases of the flu each year.

      But with a little bit of preparation and education, you can help keep your children healthy.

      Know the hot zones. The germiest place at school isn't the bathroom; it's actually the water fountain.

      Teach kids to run the water first then drink or to bring their own water bottle.

      Make sure your children know how to properly wash their hands.

      A study at the University of Georgia found that only 28% of children know how to wash their hands correctly.

      The rule of thumb when washing your hands is to use hot water, soap, and wash long enough to sing "happy birthday" twice.

      Keep their immune system up to give them a fighting chance against these common illnesses.

      Make sure they get enough sleep; school age kids need 10 to 11 hours a night.

      And exercise at least 40 minutes a day and eat a healthy diet rich in vitamin C.