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Germs of Summer

How to prevent bacteria and germs from getting in the way of your summer fun.
The familiar sounds of children playing and laughing means warm weather has finally arrived, but the warmer temps, bring a new share of germs; germs that could prevent you and your family from having fun this summer.

Jenny Busch was at Buckner Park on Memorial Day with her family. She says she's aware of the germs at the park and ensures her children are aware as well.

"We are really careful about washing our hands, and making sure the kids know they aren't allowed to splash in puddles and yea know play after it rains in the yard in the swampy parts," Busch said.

After a personal experience with bacteria, she is extra cautious to ensure her children don't get infected again.

"We went to a water park last year and my kids the next day had one of them throw up. And we don't know for sure but just um educated guess."

Siblings Lillian and Gabriel Fisher also take preventative measures to make sure they don't get sick.

"I wash my hands every day I put hand sanitizer on at school, said Lillian. Her brother Gabriel said, "I should wash my hands with soap so the germs come off."

Kids at Buckner Park use hand sanitizer when needed throughout the day. These kids are aware of the consequences of getting sick from summer germs.

"I think you’d get really sick and start puking a lot,” said Lillian.

The center for disease and control and prevention offers a list of tips for you to prevent getting sick this summer. Some include:

1. Wash your hands, they suggest about 20 seconds, enough to sing the birthday song twice.
2. Supervise your children while they are playing, see what they are doing.
3. Don't let your child swim if they have diarrhea, and that could spread bacteria through the water.
4. Cover up: not only from the sun but also from bugs. It will prevent burns and bites.

At the end of the day, you can only do so much to prevent you and your family from being infected with germs.
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