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Keeping it Clean this Flu Season: The Best Way to Wash Germs Away

The flu season is yet again upon us — and one of the best ways to prevent the flu is simply by washing your hands.

Hand washing is key in preventing the spread of germs, thus preventing infections and staying healthy. Believe it or not, though, there is a right way and a wrong way to wash your hands.

To keep the flu at bay right now, and to help prevent getting sick all year long, here are the steps for effective hand washing.

1. Use warm water and wet hands thoroughly

2. Use antibacterial soap and lather well

3. Scrub hands, between fingers, wrists, forearms and under nails with soap for at least 15 seconds

4. Rinse thoroughly

5. Dry hands thoroughly, preferably using a paper towel

6. Turn off faucets with a paper towel

If there is no water and soap available, the CDC recommends using anti-bacterial hand rub to keep hands clean and fight germs.