How to keep germs under control

While most people associate fall with the changing weather outside, the medical community uses this time of year to educate people about preventing and controlling germs.

Many say it all starts with proper hand-washing.

"According to the CDC hand washing is a do-it-yourself vaccine," says Deb Twyford, RN Worksite Wellness Coordinator. "It can do wonders for you. It is one of the best ways to prevent germs."

When washing your hands, use soap and water, preferably pump soap to lessen the spread of germs. Wet your hands, lather with the soap and water and scrub, then rinse and dry.

The whole process should take twenty seconds, or the amount of time it takes to sing happy birthday twice.

What if washing your hands is not available?

"Hand sanitizer is a good thing to have in your purse, in your car, at work, or in your desk. As long as it's sixty percent of alcohol or more, that is the important thing," says Twyford.

Twyford also recommends keeping disinfecting wipes in your car when you run errands. Take filling up your car for example.

"When you're going to the gas station and handling that pump, there's a lot of germs that will be on that pump," says Twyford.

Doctors and nurses say the flu vaccine is available now, and most people, according to Twyford, get their flu vaccine in October.

In the end being prepared and proactive is better than being sick during the season.

"We get in a hurry, and we forget, so we can all improve," says Twyford.

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