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Using an ultraviolet lamp and fluorescent lotion can help shine a light on hand hygiene shortfalls. The most commonly missed hand washing spots are between fingers, on the back of hands and around fingernails. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

Brush up on hand hygiene technique

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Back-to-school time is all about learning how to cooperate and share in a group environment.

Unfortunately, closed-off classrooms and hundreds of children make for the perfect setting to unintentionally share illnesses like influenza — which students can then bring home to share with family members as well.

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There is a noticeable increase in flu cases once school starts, said Vicki Iocco, a public health nurse with Goodhue County's Health and Human Services department.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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