Whether you use soap and warm water or hand sanitizers, keeping your hands germ-free can help protect you against influenza.
Viruses that cause a common cold and the flu can spread easily. Personal contact like handshakes or touching contaminated surfaces such as doorknobs can cause germs to accumulate on your hands. By touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, you can infect yourself. That's why hand-washing is so important.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing your hands often, for at least 20 seconds at a time. When rubbing soap on your hands, be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between the fingers, and under your nails.
When Should You Wash Your Hands?
Regular hand-washing is especially important at certain times. Always remember to wash up,
before and after preparing or handling food
after changing diapers
after using the bathroom
after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose
after handling garbage
before and after treating a wound
before and after caring for a sick person
Print "Don't Spread Germs, Wash Your Hands" sign and add it at your child care facility.