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Free Printable :: Germ Free Zone Sign

In just 2 short months, many of us will begin our “house arrest” for RSV and flu season… doing everything we can to protect our little ones from those life-threatening germs that run so rampant that time of year.

So often it is difficult for family and friends to understand exactly how frightening RSV and flu season is for NICU parents.  What might be like the common cold for a healthy adult or older child can be devastating for our little ones who need just a little more time to grow and become stronger.

As NICU parents, we can’t be afraid to speak up for our little ones.  It is our job to protect them the best we can.  While family and friends are usually well-intentioned, unless they’ve been through what we’ve been through, it can be difficult for them to understand all of the precautions we must take.

So, we’ve created a friendly reminder you can use, and we’re offering it today as a free printable!

This Germ Free Zone Sign is a 5″x7″ image – perfect to throw in a frame or to post on the wall/door in your entryway.  You could also print it out and send it to family and friends.  Another idea would be to share the graphic via social media and e-mail.

If you’d like to print them at home with your color printer, you can use the PDF file (there are 2 images per 8.5″x11″ PDF).

To download the sign for printing, simply click here.

A new window will open to the download location. Save the image or file to your computer, and it’s yours! Simply print it out yourself, or upload to your photo printer of choice.

Voila!  It’s a perfectly polite way to warn incoming visitors of your health concerns!  🙂

Please note, free printables offered on Hand to Hold are for personal use only.

To see other printables we’ve offered, please go here.


Aimee Sprik About Aimee Sprik

Aimee Sprik (IL) is mother to Connor, born unexpectedly early at 26 weeks, in December 2008, due to an infection. Connor, with his parents, survived a complicated 120-day NICU stay, which changed their lives forever. Since bringing her son finally home, she's felt passionately about volunteering her time and resources to supporting fellow NICU parents, both at the hospital where Connor was born, and by co-founding Life after NICU, an online parent support forum now moderated by Hand to Hold. You can follow Aimee on her personal blog, Sprik Space, or send her an email.


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