"It's the time of year for getting into new routines, making new friends...and getting sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), elementary school students can get eight to 12 colds each year. For many parents, it seems that they get all of these illnesses in the month after school starts.
Although putting lots of children in enclosed spaces together for six hours does mean an increased chance of sharing colds and flu, there are things you can do to lessen the risk. We talked to Dr. Christine Darr, medical director of the pediatric emergency department at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, about how to keep kids healthy during the school year."