Federal health officials issuing a recommendation about something your Mom told you a long time ago.

FOX's Eben Brown reports:

The Centers for Disease Control say that healthcare providers: doctors, nurses, etc., are only washing their hands maybe half as often as they should be when dealing with patients. The CDC's Doctor Clifford McDonald says patients should not be bashful in asking their providers to scrub before examining:

(McDonald) "Or even looking at the materials on the wall, 'the CDC says I'm supposed to ask you to clean your hands. Would you mind doing it?'"

The CDC also recommends clinicians use hand sanitizer than just soap and water. And that patients, too, if hospitalized, should frequently cleanse hands.

Eben Brown, FOX News.