Monday, August 17, 2015

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (Aug. 17, 2015) – Going back to school is an exciting time for kids of all ages – a new grade, new teachers, new friends and possibly even exposure to new germs.

While some things are inevitable, there are ways students can prevent the spread of germs and reduce the risk of illness.

Washing your hands properly is a great way to not only stop the spread of germs, but also protect yourself against illnesses, such as colds and flu, which tend to peak October through March.

Ruth Freshman, Infection Preventionist at Summit Health, offered these tips for proper hand-washing:

  • Use warm water and soap to wash your hands.
  • Wash both sides of your hands and don’t forget your wrists, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Wash your hands for at least 15 seconds.
    • SUMMIT TIP: For younger children, teach them to sing “Happy Birthday to You” twice while washing their hands to make sure they wash long enough.
  • Don’t forget to dry your hands on a paper towel and use the towel to turn off the water. Then use the towel to open the bathroom door as you leave.

When soap and water isn’t readily available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is also effective at preventing the spread of germs on the go.

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Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.

As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, urgent care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.