National Handwashing awareness week

National Handwashing Awareness Week

National Handwashing Awareness Week is observed the first week in December and is dedicated to helping people remain healthy one handwash at a time. Practicing good hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Washing your hands regularly can prevent the spread of germs.

Check out CDC’s ‘handy’ guide to handwashing!

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Henry the Hand Foundation

Our mission: Training students and adults simple effective hand hygiene behaviors to prevent infectious disease illness benefiting personal health and wellness by teaching the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness*.

The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness:
1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.
2. DO NOT cough into your hands.
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands.
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose, or mouth.

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Hand Hygiene and Oral Health

Protect yourself and your patients from potentially deadly germs by cleaning your hands. Be sure you clean your hands the right way at the right times.

Clean Hands Count for my Patients – a resource for healthcare providers

Healthcare Providers | Hand Hygiene | CDC

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