From your School Nurse
Why is hand washing important?
Unwashed or poorly washed hands are a common way of spreading many diseases, such as: colds, flu, ear infections, strep throat, diarrhea, and other intestinal problems.
Germs and viruses causing these diseases are passed by such routine things as handling food, touching doorknobs, shaking hands, and putting your mouth on a telephone receiver. The spread of many germs and viruses can be reduced by hand washing with soap and water.
When should I wash my hands?
Try not to touch your mouth, eyes, or ears when hands are unwashed.
How do I properly wash my hands?
How can hand washing help protect me and my family?
Poor hygiene, usually unwashed or poorly washed hands on the part of the food handler often cause food-borne illness outbreaks. Many diarrheal illnesses (salmonellosis, hepatitis A, shigellosis) can be passed from person to person when someone doesn’t wash his hands after using the bathroom and then passes it along to someone else by handling food, shaking hands, or touching something. The organism gets into the otherperson’s mouth and he gets sick. Unwashed or poorly washed hands are responsible for 1 in 4 food borne illnesses.
Parents, please talk to your children about the importance of hand washing. Hand washing is the single most important way of preventing the spread of infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Kathy Martin, District School Nurse
Marsha Stipp, District Nurse Assistant
MaryEllen Smedley, CES Nurse Assistant