Healthwatch: Back to the Basics

By: Christy Feig
By: Christy Feig

How many times a day do you wash your hands? According to a new survey, most people don't wash their hands enough.

Women surveyed said they washed their hands about nine times a day, men about six times a day.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, washing hands often, once an hour in warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds, is one of the most effective ways to get rid of germs.

While washing hands may be one of the best ways to prevent a cold, getting vaccinated is the only way to prevent the flu.

Federal health experts say those at high risk should get their shots this month. The general public should be vaccinated in October and November to avoid any problems.

Health officials are warning that there could be some difficulty getting shots in the early part of the season due to production problems with shipments from the vaccine maker.

Read all previous WTOK Healthwatch articles here.

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