The importance of hand washing

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BELLEFONTAINE – Flu and cold season are upon us! Frequent hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness.

As you touch people, surfaces and objects throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands. In turn, you can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Although it’s impossible to keep your hands germ-free, washing your hands frequently can help limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses and other microbes.

Always wash your hands before preparing food or eating; caring for a sick or injured person; or inserting or removing contact lenses.

Always wash your hands after preparing food, especially raw meat or poultry; using the toilet or changing a diaper; touching an animal or animal toys, leashes or waste; caring for a sick or injured person; blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing into your hands; handling garbage, household or garden chemicals, or anything that could be contaminated; shaking hands with others. Wash your hands whenever they look dirty!

Generally the best way to wash your hands with soap and water is to wet your hands with running water; apply soap; lather well; rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds, remembering to scrub all surfaces including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your finger nails; rinse well; and dry with clean, disposable towel or air dryer.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used when soap and water are not available. Make sure the sanitizer contains as least 60 percent alcohol. Then apply enough of the product to the palm of your hand to wet your hands completely; rub your hands together, covering all surfaces, until your hands are dry.

Following these simple steps should help to ensure a healthier and happier season when colds and flu like to run rampant. Remember, hand washing is the single most effective intervention against disease.

Flu shots are available at the Logan County Health District during regular immunization clinics. These clinics are held every Thursday morning from 9-11 a.m. In addition on the first and third Thursday of the month there are late clinics available from 2-6 p.m.

Please call 937-651-6186 for further information and to register for your flu shot.

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Submitted by the Logan County Health District.

Submitted by the Logan County Health District.