Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Flu Season

It may only be Fall every where else but we are getting frost and some snow here in Calgary already.
Flu season is upon us. There is some concern that H1N1 will come back this season so time to get prepared!

The best way to prevent the flu is good hygiene and sanitation.
In my sociology of health and illness class we recently learned that the most drastic decline in mortality rates from infectious diseases occurred before the vaccines were available. This is accredited to improved sanitation and hygiene.

So wash your hands! 
The friction created by rubbing the soap all over your hands is what actually separates the germs form your hands. So use soap! 2/3 don't on a regular basis.
You should lather really well make sure you get your wrists, thumbs, between fingers and under your nails.
It should take your 20 seconds - or the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.
Rinse with warm water and then briskly dry your hands on a clean towel.

Experts say that you are better off drying your hands on pants than using a hand dryer - they heat up re-circulated bathroom air and then blow it on your hands.

Remember - vaccines are not obsolete either - if you are of high risk, or live with someone who is high risk - talk to your doctor about getting the flu vaccine.

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