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Handwashing important to maintain health

Friday, December 19, 2003

In light of the death of a southern Indiana child due to influenze, healthcare officials advise there are ways to avoid spreading germs:

- Practicing good handwashing techniques, by cleaning your hands with soap and warm water, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after coughing or sneezing into your hands;

- Staying home when you're sick, especially when you're feverish (don't be a "hero" by going out when you're ill -- you may infect your classmates or co-workers);

- Avoiding large crowds whenever possible (this particularly applies to the risk groups, now including children ages 6-24 months);

- Getting plenty of rest and exercise;

- Eating properly; and

- Cleaning surfaces where you touch frequently, (door knobs, water faucets, refrigerator handles, telephones) with a germicidal product or a solution of 1 cup of chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of water, with 5 minutes contact time.

Source: Indiana State Department of Health



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