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Best Ways to Stay Germ-Free

Practice Good Hand Hygiene

Practice Good Hand Hygiene

Staying healthy this cold and flu season goes "hand in hand" with impeccable hand hygiene, according to Shantanu Nundy, M.D., internal medicine doctor at the University of Chicago Primary Care Group and MedHelp's preventive medicine expert. "By making a habit out of washing your hands after contact with people or heavily-touched surfaces, carrying alcohol-based hand sanitizers in your pockets and handbags, and putting hand hygiene in your conscience, you can keep your hands cleaner and yourself healthier."

Remember to wash your hands with soap for a full 30 seconds. No watch? Sing "Happy Birthday" twice through and then dry off.

By MedHelp Editors, published October 29, 2010