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Both National Handwashing Awareness Week and National Influenza Vaccination Week begin today!

Germs are everywhere, and they can get onto our hands and the items we touch throughout our day. Handwashing with soap removes germs from hands and helps prevent sickness. Studies have shown that proper handwashing can prevent a third of all diarrhea-related illnesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. These protections are even stronger for those in our communities with weakened immune systems. National Handwashing Awareness Week reminds us that keeping our hands clean can help keep us connected.

National Influenza Vaccination Week takes place from December 5–9 this year. For anyone 6 months and older, the flu vaccine is “the best way to help reduce the risk of getting flu and any of its potentially serious complications.” Flu activity is currently elevated across the country, so if you haven’t gotten one yet, be sure to get your flu shot today!

Protect yourself and your loved ones this year by getting your flu vaccine and washing your hands regularly. Let’s keep our communities and loved ones safe this holiday season!


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