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Prevent Infections When You Get Medical Care

Get tips on protecting yourself from infections when you get medical care.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Clean Hands Save Lives: Emergency Situations

After an emergency, finding running water can be difficult. However, keeping your hands clean helps you avoid getting sick.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Happy Handwashing Song

Help your child develop good hand washing habits. Play this podcast on happy handwashing for your child.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Infection Protection: The Buzz on Scuzz

Learn about how germs on your hands can make you sick, when you should wash your hands, and proper handwashing methods.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Personal and Home Hygiene

Personal hygiene and household cleanliness practices are important methods to reduce the risk of spreading infectious disease. Find fact sheets on many related topics including: creating a healthy household, antibacterials in household products, and how to fight colds.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics

Personal Hygiene and Handwashing After a Disaster or Emergency

Keeping hands clean during an emergency helps prevent the spread of germs. Always wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected. However, when water is not available, alcohol-based hand products (sanitizers) made for cleaning hands can be used.

Review Date: December 15, 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Put Your Hands Together (Video)

From doorknobs to animals to food, harmful germs can live on almost everything. Handwashing may be your single most important act to help stop the spread of infection and stay healthy. Watch this short video on how to wash your hands properly.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Staying Healthy (multimedia)

Find multimedia presentations on a variety of topics, including physical activity, protecting your heart by lowering your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, hand washing, and more. Information is available in English,Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Hmong and Vietnamese.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

Healthy Roads Media

Why Do I Need to Wash My Hands?

Washing your hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading to other people and making them sick.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

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