CDC Encourages Patients to Ask Doctors An Important Question


STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- As flu season nears it's important for people to wash their hands, including doctors and nurses.

The Center For Disease Control encourages patients to ask their doctors if they have washed their hands.

The CDC said infections picked up in hospitals, nursing homes and doctor's offices are linked to nearly 100,000 deaths each year.

"A lot of times people like to use the alcohol hand sanitizers, and those can be effective for certain organisms, but not all. And especially in a clinical kind of setting, like a nursing home or a physician's office, hand washing with soap and water certainly has to be considered especially considering what types of diseases you're dealing with," said Jonathan Falk, a district epidemiologist with the Virginia Department of Health.

Hand washing with soap and water is one way to reduce the risk of infection.


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