First graders used "Glow Gel" to see the germs left behind.

Hand Washing

“Be sure to use warm water and soap and wash for 20 seconds,” Schmitt told the students.


Hand washing:

a simple, effective way

to prevent diseases


Hand washing is, basically, the simplest and most effective way to stay healthy during the influenza season, says Ashley Schmitt, Nurse Practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield.

Speaking to students in kindergarten, grades one, two and three at Springfield Public Elementary School the morning of November 11, Schmitt said that regular hand washing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.

Proper hand washing involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. 

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