National Hand Washing Awareness Week (December 4-10)


Why is washing your hands  important? 

  • Hand washing helps to prevent infections and remove germs 
  • Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea  
  • Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems 
  • Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population
  • Reduces absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness in schoolchildren
  • Reduced risk of cross contamination of food


When should you wash your hands?

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage