It is important before the next flu season is upon us for people to get vaccinated with this year’s flu vaccination, especially as individuals who have contracted the coronavirus overseas have had co-infections which worsened their conditions. Flu vaccines expected approximately April 2020 – Please watch this site for updates.
World Health Organisation in its advice on protective measures has handwashing at the top of the list along with sneezing and coughing etiquette.
Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
Follow these five steps every time to reduce the spread of germs:
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
If soap and water is unavailable use a 60% alcohol sanitiser. However this is not as effective as soap and water, though it will reduce the number of germs on your hands.
Handwashing is not limited to after toilet use. You should also wash your hands:
After you blow your nose, cough or sneeze
When you have been using public transport
Before you eat
Before you prepare food
After you handle animals
Sneezing and coughing Etiquette - To help stop the spread of germs:
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Put your used tissue in a waste basket.
If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands
When you are a carer for someone who is unwell
One final practice that helps prevent the spread of respiratory disease is avoiding close contact with people who are sick. If you are ill, you should try to distance yourself from others so you do not spread your germs. Distancing includes staying home from work or school when possible.
Travelling – Vaccinations
Discuss with your GP for recommended vaccines in relation to countries you are visiting.
Check Smart Traveller website: www.smarttraveller.gov.au for destinations and current advice level recommended for countries you are visiting
Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccination
Is available for 54 years of age and younger with eligibility criteria attached – please discuss with your GP if you are eligible for a booster.