Simple but pertinent advice: Wash your hands

There is one thing that will keep you healthier than anything else this fall and winter: Washing your hands.

Most years, there is an illness that gets local media attention — the flu, MRSA, SARS, etc. This year, it’s enterovirus that’s on the radar.

It’s similar to the flu, but there’s no vaccine, and it can be especially dangerous for those with asthma or weakened immune systems.

The best way to avoid all of the above mentioned illnesses is by being vigilant about a few simple practices:

— Wash your hands.

— Avoid touching your face and mouth. If you do, then wash your hands.

— Cough and sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. And then wash your hands anyway.

— Do not share drinks, food, phones, keyboards, pens and pencils, or other items that are touched a lot. When you must, wash your hands.

If you are sick, stay home, away from other people. And wash your hands while you are there — after using the bathroom, before making meals, before eating, and before and after touching the TV remote or the phone.

Oh, and don’t forget — wash your hands.