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National Handwashing Awareness Week
December 4-10, 2011

Help decrease the spread of infectious diseases by simply washing your hands.

National Handwashing Awareness Week
December 4-10, 2011

Woman washing hands in bathroom sink, close-up of handsThe simple act of washing your hands can keep you from infecting your family, having to use sick days, miss work or even miss out on a family activity. When done correctly, washing your hands is the single most effective way of preventing the spread of germs. And although we often think of washing our hands as a simple activity we do when our hands are dirty or before a meal, the steps we take during this simple 20-second process can save lives, prevent illness and even save money. Annually in the United States, there are about 5,000 deaths due to foodborne illness. And on average, one in three people do not wash their hands after using the restroom. If you have interactions with everyday items - door knobs, remotes, phones, keys and people - then washing your hands needs to be frequent activity throughout your day.

Articles

Wash Your Hands
Why Is Hand Washing So Important? English Exit Disclaimer | Spanish Exit Disclaimer
Hand Washing Dos and Don'ts Exit Disclaimer
Measures to Prevent Diseases Associated with Animals [PDF | 1.4MB]

Hand Hygiene aboard a Ship
English | Portuguese | French | German | Italian | Spanish | Tagalog

Links

Handwashing
Hand Washing: Disease Fact Sheet Series

Resources

Wash your Hands
English | Haitian Creole [PDF | 903KB] | French [PDF | 904KB] | Chinese [PDF | 1MB] | Spanish [PDF | 902KB] | Vietnamese [PDF | 900KB] | Portuguese [PDF | 904KB]

Handwashing after Visiting an Animal Exhibit poster
English [PDF | 682KB] | Spanish [PDF | 696KB]

Handwashing after Touching Ducklings or Chicks poster
English [PDF | 795KB] | Spanish [PDF | 725KB]

Fact Sheets
English [PDF | 53KB] | Spanish [PDF | 55KB] | Portuguese [PDF | 56KB] | Chinese [PDF | 97KB]

Multimedia

"Living in a Clean and Healthy World" [PODCAST - 4:12 minutes]
"Wash Your Hands!" [PSA - 0:30 seconds minutes]
"Happy Handwashing" Song [PODCAST - 0:50 minutes]
All You Have to Do is Wash Your Hands (CDC podcast)
Put Your Hands Together (CDC TV)


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