Flu precautions

Precautions Help Protect Against the Flu

Taking 20 to 30 seconds to properly clean your hands can help protect you and your family from getting colds and the flu. Good hand hygiene prevents the spread of virus and germs.

HAND HYGIENE is simply cleaning your hands for the purpose of removing soil, dirt and any micoorganisms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best ways to clean your hands is with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (cover and rub all surfaces of the hands until they feel dry, about 20 seconds); or with soap and water.

Use warm water and liquid soap when possible. Rub your hands together until a lather forms (don't forget to include the top of your hands, inbetween the fingers and around and under fingernails). Rub for 20 seconds (sing the happy birthday song twice). Rinse well and dry with a paper towel if possible. Use the paper towel to turn the water off and open the restroom door.

80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch, whether by touching food; your own mouth, eyes and nose; or a shared surface such as the remote control and door handles. Proper hand cleaning can reduce respiratory infection by almost 20% and diarrhea rates by 40%.

Morongo Basin Healthcare District seeks to improve the health and wellness of Basin residents through making healthcare more accessible and through education opportunities such as this hand hygiene precaution.


The Morongo Basin Community Health Center provides the following care at locations in 29 Palms and Yucca Valley. To make an appointment, call 760-365-9305