Tuesday, September 29, 2009

H1N1 - prevention

There is much debate in this area.

  • Do you get a vaccination or not?
  • Do you have your young children vaccinated?
  • How about seniors?
As with many issues, it is cloudy. Thank goodness, however, that my adult

children's generation are asking the questions. I think of my parenting years, when we would have chicken pox parties to ensure our kids contracted the

Hand Washing Poster (PDF)

pox in their early years and developed the antibodies.
Parents disagree on whether to vaccinate or not.

Of course, prevention is so very important. Being in crowds, breathe through your nose. Your nose filters our bacteria and viruses, to prevent them from entering your system.

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through communities creating an epidemic. ... the virus to others. What Can I Do to Prevent the Flu? ... Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. • Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is infected...

We were at a horse show last weekend. I noticed how many people pet their necks in the same spot. After such an event it is doubly important, not only for H1N1, but for other influenzas, C. Diff., and well as MRSAs, to wash your hands immediately afterwards, and before eating. A recent study demonstrated that Pet Therapy dogs spread germs amongst patients in a hospital.

When it comes to transmission of MRSA and C. difficile, dogs are ...

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On CBC's The National: Health/Education, their video was intriguing...

Vaccine Roundtable, on September 27, 2009

some interesting statements were made. For those caregiving for young or old, there are different issues. But the facts are clear:
  • a virus can live on a hard surface for 1 to 2 days
  • a virus can live on a dish towel for 8 to 10 hours
  • hand washing is the key
  • sneezing and containing the virus is important
There are five steps to keeping hands bacteria-free :

1. Wet your hands with warm running water.
2. Add soap, and then rub your hands together, making a soapy lather. Do this away from the running water for at least 15 seconds, being careful not to wash the lather away. Wash the front and back of your hands, as well as between your fingers and under your nails.
3. Rinse your hands well under warm running water.
4. Pat hands dry with a paper towel.
5. Turn off water using same paper towel and dispose in a proper receptacle.

If you are ill
Stay home. Prevent transmission. Stay away from high-risk folks, do not touch them or their personal effects.

If you are ill, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, or your sleeve, not your hand, to keep viruses out of the air. This is how Swine Flu (H1N1) spreads. Do not touch your face, mouth, or eyes. The virus enters your body through these orifices.

Use antibacterial pumped soap and water, not antibacterial sprays or gels, they do not kill Superbugs. The water rinses the bacteria and viruses away. After 5 uses of gels you must wash your hands with soap and water.

When do you wash?
  • Before, during, and after food preparation
  • Before and after touching a patient or client
  • In the bathroom
  • Before eating
  • After gardening
  • After handling any waste - animal or vegetable, e.g., litter boxes, diapers!
  • Often, if someone at home is sick
  • After sneezing or coughing (watch this video, - The Sneeze: How Germs are Spread! It shows how germs fly about.)

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