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Stop the flu, it is in your hands

14 June 2017 Blog
Good hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to stop spreading the flu.

Our hands are really handy – they help us do almost everything

But did you know that if we’re not careful they can also make us sick?

When we touch objects in our environment or the people we come in contact with, our hands pick up tiny microorganisms or germs.

These germs are invisible to the naked eye and we may not even know our hands are dirty.

So, without realising it we transfer these germs elsewhere by touching something or someone else.

This is how viruses such as the flu spread.

Some people, such as the very young, the elderly and those with a weak immune system are more susceptible to getting sick than others.

This is why maintaining good hand hygiene is so important.

Good hand hygiene is especially important when visiting a loved one who is unwell, whether they are at home or in hospital.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) endorses hand hygiene as being the most important measure to avoid transmission of harmful germs. You should always wash your hands with soap and water or use a waterless alcohol-based hand rub, before and after touching someone who is sick or their surroundings.

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or a wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing nappies or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After touching garbage
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.

Tanya Mason-Brown Infection Control Coordinator