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Clean Hands CountA healthcare-associated infection or HAI is an infection a person can get while being treated in a hospital, dialysis center, outpatient clinic, or nursing home. HAIs are germs that can make a person very sick, and thousands of Americans become ill each year from HAIs making them one of the ten leading causes of death in the United States. The most common HAIs are: pneumonia, digestive illness, blood infections, and surgical site infections.

There are important steps that patients and healthcare providers can take to prevent HAIs, like hand washing.

The HAI program collects, analyzes, and publishes information on the number of HAIs by healthcare location and infection type as well as how many healthcare workers get a flu shot every year in New Hampshire. HAI Publications provide reports on both HAI and healthcare worker flu shot rates.

For questions about the HAI program call 603-271-4496 or email us at

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