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Help Stop the Flu with Hand Washing

It’s officially flu season and experts are saying it’s one of the toughest flu seasons we’ve seen since 2014. So what can you do to protect yourself and your family? Washing your hands is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent flu and other illness.

Germs can enter the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick. Here are some simple ways to help prevent the spread of germs this winter:

·         Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose and eyes

·         Wash your hands regularly – before eating, after using the restroom and when you get home from school or work

Did You Know?

·         Hand washing with soap could protect almost 1 out of 5 young children with respiratory infections like pneumonia.

·         Hand washing education in the community reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21 percent.

Tips for Hand Washing

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Do you think you or your child has the flu? Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care is open daily for walk-ins or through online reservations.

Find more family health resources at www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.

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