Keeping your distance from cold and flu season

Published: Monday, Dec. 3 2012 5:58 p.m. MST

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Brian Nicholson, Deseret News
"If you're vaccinated, you're surrounding newborns with that protection because you're not going to be bringing something home," Vernon said.

Babies under six months old aren't able to get the flu vaccine, which leaves it up to the parents to keep their babies healthy and strong.

"One of the most important things is if you don't have to take them out of the house — don't," said White.

Keep newborns away from highly populated areas because it'll be harder to isolate them, Vernon said.

Politely asking people who are sick to not touch your newborn or keep a safe distance so as not to breathe on the baby is important. If sick individuals must hold the baby, ask them to wear a mask.
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