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Nurse offers sickness prevention tips

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 2/19/2014 8:20 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Mother Keisha Geter brings her two sons to the park to play but said she takes her chances while doing so.

"With them just being outside and them being so young, they're not immune to just anything yet," Geter said.

She said her sons have come down with several cases of the sniffles this year, but luckily she hasn't gotten sick.

"I'm grateful that I haven't been sick, because when I get sick, it's like it just goes through the household," Geter said.

Which is exactly what happened to Lisa Reid's family.

Her granddaughter and her parents were holed up in the house sick for a week.

Nurse practitioner, Mary Chance-Peeler, said this is typical for this time of year.

"We have had a lot of strep throat and just general viral type illnesses," Chance-Peeler said.

She said there is a rule of thumb when dealing with sickness.

"The biggest thing you could do is prevention, which is hand washing and avoid exposure to other sick contacts," Chance-Peeler said.

Geter said there are a number of things she does in her home to keep from getting sick.

"[We use] Lysol or bleach and stuff like that around the house," Geter said. "I know when we have a lot of company and with people coming in and out of the house I know they come in with a lot of things."

She said she keeps her family current on their vaccinations as well.
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