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Wash Your Hands of the Flu this Holiday Season

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

December 14, 2015

Dec. 14, 2015

Wash Your Hands of the Flu this Holiday Season

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Communications Office
NewsMedia@flhealth.gov
(850) 245-4111

Tallahassee, Fla.-Don’t let the flu ruin your holidays, take the time to go get your flu vaccine if you haven’t done so already. Getting vaccinated is critical , but there are other simple steps that can help keep the flu out of your way this holiday season, including frequent handwashing. Remembering to wash our hands may sound simple, but often, it is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to other people.

Wash your hands thoroughly and often. After pulling out those dusty decorations from the attic or shopping at a busy store – just rinsing your hands under the faucet just won’t do the job. Use clean, running water and soap to remove dirt and skin oils that allow germs to build up. Rub your hands together for about 20 seconds. Use paper towels to turn off faucets in public facilities, and use alcohol-based products like hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available. Sharing the holidays with family usually involves food&#8212 ;and a lot of it. Wash your hands and utensils thoroughly when preparing food, and encourage guests to wash up before eating and after cleaning up.

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