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Happy hand washing season!

As families gather together for the holiday season, there's usually plenty of good food and snacking to accompany the festivities. The Comanche County Health Department is reminding everyone that it's also the cold and flu season, and simple things like washing your hands can help prevent the spread of germs.

Hand washing is especially important during the cold and flu season, according to Sarah Lambaria, health educator for the county health department.

"We are in the middle of flu season right now, and with holidays we are handling and preparing a lot of food for other people," she said. "While hand washing is always important, it's especially important at this time of year because it is so easy to pass those germs on when you are handling food or preparing food."

Proper hand washing

Good hand washing should last about 20 seconds.

While teaching children, Lambaria said they suggest singing "Happy Birthday" twice. Be sure to wash in between fingers, scrub underneath the fingernails, get the back of palms, make sure you are sudsing up the whole hand. Between fingers and the fingernails are where some people might miss.

"Remember to use a paper towel when you turn off the water in the sink," Lambaria said. "If you're using a public restroom, use a paper towel to turn the handle to open the door to exit because a lot of germs hide there. If you are out and about and don't have access to soap and water, we do recommend using hand sanitizer, some people know the brand Purell, something that is alcohol based.

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