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Tips for Avoiding Mono for College Students

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It’s back-to-school season for Boston’s colleges, and as summer turns to fall, concerns about staying healthy are on the rise with cold and flu season ahead. Another concern, especially for college students, is mononucleosis. Commonly called “the kissing disease” because it’s spread through saliva, here’s how to stay mono-free:

1. Staying healthy lessens the chances of contracting mono – balanced diet, exercise and sleep.

2. Avoid sharing straws and utensils.

3. Wash hands frequently – good hygiene habits lessen the likelihood of contracting mono.

4. Get tested early if you suspect you have mono – it can limit recovery time.

Tara Frier, The Boston 100

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