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Why is hand washing so important to immune health?

Soap and water can remove bacteria from your hands and keep it from reaching your eyes, nose and mouth -- and from infecting you. A University of Colorado study showed that students who washed their hands more often experienced fewer incidences of the common cold and flu.

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