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Six simple ways to stop the spread of the flu this winter

22 June 2017 Blog
Our Infection Control teams are the experts in containing and stopping the spread of contagious diseases – find out their tips to help reduce the spread of the flu.

Influenza or “the flu” can spread very quickly.

These germs are invisible to the naked eye and you may not even know you’re in the line of fire.

But every time someone sneezes or coughs, these infectious particles are released into the atmosphere.

Here are a few simple things you can do to stop the spread of the flu this winter:

  1. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze using a tissue or into your upper sleeve or elbow if you don’t have a tissue. This can prevent any germs from landing on people or surfaces.
  2. Only use your tissue once then throw it away – it is now contaminated.
  3. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water – especially after you cough, sneeze or have physical contact (i.e. shake hands) with someone who is sick.
  4. Use alcohol-based liquids if you do not have access to soap and water.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands – you may not see it, but your hands might be contaminated. It is very easy for germs to sneak in without you knowing.
  6. Get an influenza vaccination – because prevention is better than cure.

It is also a good idea to wipe work surfaces and objects such as telephones regularly with a disinfectant. Particularly if they are being used by someone who is coughing or sneezing.

Whenever possible, keep away from others who may be unwell. And if you are sick, do yourself and others a favour, stay at home.

St John of God Health Care
Tanya Mason-Brown - Infection Control Coordinator

Tanya Mason-Brown is the St John of God Health Care Group Infection Control Coordinator and has more than seven years’ experience in this field. She is also an experience medical laboratory scientist and holds a Masters in Medical Laboratory Science. She has a particular interest in microbiology and infectious diseases.

St John of God Health Care
Tanya Mason-Brown Infection Control Coordinator