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Scary Viruses Making Health Headlines, How to Protect Your Children

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The flu, enterovirus and ebola are all making health headlines lately, but what should we actually be worried about? The flu, enterovirus and ebola are all making health headlines lately, but what should we actually be worried about?

NBCRightNow.com - The flu, enterovirus and ebola are all making health headlines lately, but what should we actually be worried about?

All this talk about viruses spreading throughout the country and abroad can cause major concerns especially for parents when it comes to the enterovirus. 

Experts say it is important to take extra precautions, especially when it comes to children.

Brandon Stepper says he had a perfect flu season last year, no colds, no flu, even with three children ages five, seven and nine.

He attributes his success to some extra techniques he has been using.

"I started feeding them smoothies and shaving the orange off the orange and blending it up with a lot of mixed berries and oranges, cutting the sugar intake and plenty of sleep, no late nights past 9, 9:30, if possible," Stepper said.

While he cannot control what his kids do at school and who they are around, he can control their bedtime, diet and hygiene at home. Each child of course, has their own toothbrush but also their own toothpaste so the toothpaste tube does not touch the brushes if one of the kids is sick.

"It sucks when they come home (sick), it spreads like wildfire through the whole family, one gets over it, the other catches it, the whole family is down. We can't go to church, can't go go to friends houses to eat. I don't look forward to the winter time in that case," Stepper said.

Doctor Amy Person of the Benton Franklin Health District says people do not have to worry about ebola unless they have been to Africa lately or have been around someone that has, but enterovirus and the flu should be on our minds.

The CDC has confirmed enterovirus here in Washington State but on the west side of the state. 

"With the enterovirus D68, that's typically one we're seeing in children and the signs you might be dealing with, the child would develop severe difficulty breathing," Dr. Person said. 

The Health Department says the seasonal flu kills as many as 36,000 people a year so experts recommend taking extra precautions for that too.  

"Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands, stay home, when you're sick and cover your cough," Dr. Person said. 

The Centers for Disease Control have a new recommendation when it comes to the flu, they suggest kids two to eight-years-old, get the nasal spray vaccine because they have seen it works better for this age group.

The flu shot is available at local pharmacies and hospitals as well as the Benton-Franklin Health District. 

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