Hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of easily spread (communicable) diseases like the common cold and flu. Regular hand washing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it can keep us all from getting sick, especially during flu season. Hand sanitizers are not a replacement for regular hand washing and should only be used if soap and water are not available. If you are sick, the best thing you can do is stay home. If your symptoms are severe, make an appointment at Stamps Health Services or your doctor at home.