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Practice exquisite health hygiene!

Practice Good Health Habits

Throughout the day you accumulate germs on your hands from a variety of sources: Shaking hands, wiping your nose, rubbing your eyes after working on your keyboard, opening doors, cooking surfaces, caring for babies, and animals.


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If you don't wash your hands frequently enough, you can infect yourself and others with these germs when you touch an infected surface and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Infectious diseases such as the common cold, flu and several gastrointestinal disorders are commonly spread through hand-to-hand contact.

 

So what are Good Health Habits? Hand Hygiene Saves Lives

 

Simple, proper hand washing remains one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of disease; however, most of us have forgotten how to wash our hands thoroughly.

 

Read Hand washing: An easy way to prevent infection for some excellent tips from the Mayo clinic as to how to properly wash your hands and a discussion as to why hand washing makes a significant difference in keeping you and those around you healthy!

 

YES! Handwashing makes a difference Does hand washing really make a difference?

 

Inadequate hand hygiene also contributes to food-related illnesses, such as salmonella and E. coli infection in addition to several preventable illnesses and diseases.

CDC Flyer: Clean Hands Save Lives!

 

FACT: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 76 million Americans get a food-borne illness each year. Symptoms of food borne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and weakness. Of these, about 5,000 die as a result of their illness.

 

Stop the Spread of Germs that Make You and Others Sick! Wash Your Hands

 

Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and other severe respiratory illnesses are spread by coughing or sneezing. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

 

If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

 

Put your used tissue in the waste basket NOT your pocket or purse for reuse later.

 

Wash with soap and water hands after coughing or sneezing. If you do not have access to soap and water, then clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner.

 

Free downloads of useful materials for your home, school, or office

 

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) provide free materials for downloading or printing. Materials include helpful ways to prevent and stop the spread of germs at school, child care facilities, elder care facilities, and special needs settings!

 

Cover your Cough for Health Care Settings Cover Your Cough For Community and Public Settings Like Schools and Child Care Facilities

 

germ jokes

 

Q. What do you call a germ who wants to have a good time?
A. Fungi (Fun Guy!)
Q. Why do people keep bandages in the refrigerator?
A. For cold cuts!
Q. What did the mold say when he had his picture taken?
A. "Cheese!"
Young girl laughing


The FIVE (5) top reasons kids miss school...reasons that are preventable!

 

  1. Common cold
  2. "Stomach flu" (viral gastroenteritis)
  3. Ear infection (otitis media)
  4. Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  5. Sore throat

 

 

The CDC provides additional free downloads for schools\educators to teach GOOD health hygiene in the classroom. A number of documents are available in multiple languages!

 

 

The CDC offers additional informational FLU Season materials for free downloading.

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