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Protect your health by washing your hands

How often do you wash your hands? It's a simple question, but the answer could help you keep you healthy.

Washing your hands is the single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of spreading infections - to yourself and others. Yes, a flu shot is important, especially this season. But washing your hands often with warm soap and water helps reduce your chances of picking up a virus from a doorknob, phone, keyboard, or just about anything else.

To complete the job, wash your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds - about the time it takes you to sing the birthday song. Be sure to scrub between fingers and around finger nails. Wash both sides and your wrists. It's time well spent. If needed, you may also use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Be sure to apply an ample amount and thoroughly distribute on both sides of your hands, between fingers, and around finger tips.

Wash you hands before you eat and try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; these are easy entry points for viruses. Make a game of it for your kids; teach them to sing a song while washing their hands. Do your best to help prevent the spread of infection.

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