In 2017, 7.5% of people in the United States were diagnosed with the flu making it the highest percentage since the 2009 flu pandemic according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The flu vaccine reduced a person’s chance of getting the flu by only 40%. We at NorthEast Insurance Services are here to teach you one of the best vaccines you can use to protect yourself from the flu; handwashing.
Handwashing is the best way to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spreading of germs to others. By washing your hands, you can keep you and a lot of other people from getting the flu.
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
How should you wash your hands?
- Wet your hands with clean, warm running water and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. A good practice is to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
If soap and water are not available, the best way to reduce the number of germs is an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. One thing to remember about hand sanitizer is that it reduces the number of germs on your hands, but it does not eliminate all types of germs.
If you do become ill, it is always best to see a doctor. We at NorthEast would like to take the financial burden of medical bills off you by supplying you with a fitting policy for you and your family. If you would like to learn about our options to protect you and your family when sick, contact at (732) 972-1771 ext. 1100.