Handwashing: Take Your Health in Your Hands!

(Watch videos and download free handwashing posters and other materials)

Alice Henneman, MS, RD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension

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Some scientists estimate up to 80 percent of all infections are transmitted by hands, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) video, Put Your Hands Together. CDC considers handwashing the single important thing you can do to help prevent the spread of infection and to stay healthy and well. Handwashing is considered very important in helping prevent the spread of the H1N1 flu virus.

Following are a few informative (and frequently funny!) YouTube videos that show how bacteria spread and that stress the importance of handwashing. To find more handwashing videos on YouTube, search on YouTube using such search words as "handwashing" or "sneezing."

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Enjoy the following videos! And WASH YOUR HANDS!

Sebelius Chides Chuck Todd for Not Sneezing Properly

Elmo Flu PSA 1 (includes how to sneeze)

Cough Safe

Sneezing 101

The Story Behind the Sleeve

Germ Attack

Germ Busters Fight the H1N1 Flu

The Journey of a Germ

Protect! Don't Infect: Germ Wars

Put Your Hands Together

Hazmat

Flu Sounds

The Multiplication Song

Dude! Wash your hands!

Henry the Hand

Bacteria Growth