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How often should you wash your hands?

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You should wash your hands:

  • Before, during, and after you prepare food
  • Before you eat
  • Before and after you care for a sick person
  • Before and after you treat a cut or wound
  • After you use the bathroom
  • After you change a child's diaper or clean up after a child who's used the bathroom
  • After you blow your nose, cough, or sneeze
  • After you touch an animal or its waste
  • After you feed your pet
  • After you touch garbage

SOURCES:

CDC: “How Flu Spreads.”

Delaware Health and Social Services: “Direct and Indirect Disease Transmission.”

Government of South Australia: “Ways Infectious Diseases Spread.”

CDC: “Adult Vaccination.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule, by Vaccine and Age Group.”

CDC: “Immunization Schedules.”

CDC: “Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives.”

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital: “Don’t Let Cold and Flu Get You Down: Tips for Preventing the Spread of Germs.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “How Flu Spreads.”

Delaware Health and Social Services: “Direct and Indirect Disease Transmission.”

Government of South Australia: “Ways Infectious Diseases Spread.”

CDC: “Adult Vaccination.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule, by Vaccine and Age Group.”

CDC: “Immunization Schedules.”

CDC: “Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives.”

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital: “Don’t Let Cold and Flu Get You Down: Tips for Preventing the Spread of Germs.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

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