Originally Posted by Francesca
I think you've mixed influenza up with fecal-oral-transmitted diseases like E-coli. A bacterial infection, and curable.
Flu is a respiratory viral illness
for which the only cure is time
, and it's spread mostly through the air we all share.
I guess we could all just stop breathing- that way, no one would need a vaccination!
Yes, handwashing helps prevent the spread of influenza.
Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
Cover Your Cough
Stop the Spread of Germs that makes you and others sick.
Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
Tips on hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers
Wash Your Hands Often
Brochures and posters from "An Ounce of Prevention" campaign
Clean Hands Campaign
Facts and survey results, educational materials from American Society for Microbiology’s “Clean Hands” campaign
Consumer Advice: Clean: Handwashing
Links to lots of educational materials, including those for parents, schoolchildren, and health care workers. From Home | FoodSafety.gov
It's a SNAP Toolkit: Handwashing
Handwashing materials. Part of It's A SNAP program aimed at preventing school absenteeism. From the School Network for Absenteeism Prevention, a collaborative project of the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Soap and Detergent Association
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.
Stop the Spread of Germs
Healthy habits can protect everyone from getting germs or spreading germs at home, work, or school.
Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects.
Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu can help slow the spread of influenza.
From Children's Hospital Pittsburg:
Wash your hands!
Good hand hygiene is important and effective in preventing the spread of any strain of flu virus.
All influenza viruses are spread from person to person in respiratory droplets propelled by coughs and sneezes from an infected person to the mouth or nose of another person. They also spread when a person touches respiratory droplets on an object or person and then touches his or her own mouth or nose.
Teach your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw the tissue away, or in the inside of his or her elbow (the “crook” of your arm).
The single most important thing you and your child can do to prevent the spread of influenza virus is — Wash Your Hands! Rub your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds be sure that you reach every surface of you hands and finger nails. That is the amount of time it takes to recite the alphabet — or to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also available.