Kids Get An Up Close Look At Germs (VIDEO)

By Stephanie Parkinson - 21Alive

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2013 at 10:28 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Flu season is nearing. The Fort Wayne Allen County Department of Health is already recommending people get vaccinated.

That's just one reason why the East Allen County School District is focused on showing their students what germs look like, and how to keep them from spreading.

Monday nursing students from Saint Francis University worked with the kids at Prince Chapman Academy. They used a formula to simulate germs, and then used a black light to demonstrate how many germs end up on their hands in a day.

The nursing professor from Saint Francis, heading up the demonstrations, says giving the kids a visual helps them when it comes to hand washing. She says that's because after seeing something like this they just think about germs differently.

"Germs are everywhere and we cannot see them with the naked eye. The glow lotion that we use, kinda makes a sparkling glitter like substance on their hands and then that kind of puts that visualization in their mind, oh my goodness, germs are on my hand," said Kathleen Ware, BSN, RN, University of Saint Francis.

After the germ experiment the nursing students had the kids wash their hands. Then they showed the kids the areas they missed, such as the wrist and nail areas.

They also advised the children to sing Happy Birthday or say their ABCs. That is intended to make sure they are washing their hands long enough.

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