HAND HYGIENE – Still the best strategy for swine flu prevention? (H1N1 influenza virus)

October 24, 2009

Is hand hygiene still the best strategy for swine flu prevention?

Is hand hygiene still the best strategy for swine flu prevention?

Research on hand hygiene & swine flu (H1N1 influenza) prevention!

New research points out: ‘hand-to-face touch’ is a crucial link in catching swine flu and infection is likely not limited to body-contact!

The global death toll arrived beyond 5000, and the stronger ‘momentum’ of the second wave of the H1N1 virus is now observed on 3 continents.

On wednesday september 8, Barack Obama told students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia:

“I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don’t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.”

But the new reports indicate that washing hands is likely not enough to stop the H1N1 influenza virus – so it does make sense that governments recommend an anti-virus swine flu shot!

Anyway, just remember: ‘… think about your hand hygiene!’

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:
Swine flu prevention is a matter of ‘hand hygiene’!
A kiss is healthier than a handshake!
Your health is in your hands!
More hand hygiene reports!

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2 Responses to “HAND HYGIENE – Still the best strategy for swine flu prevention? (H1N1 influenza virus)”

  1. brittany nayneecassum Says:

    im so scard right now i feel hot and im burning up and if i take a flu shot im more likely to get it . like the saying people who take the flu shot are more at risk to catch the h1n1 flu virus

    • handfacts Says:

      Hello Brittany,

      Maybe you should go and check the website of the health department in your country (for the US: http://www.cdc.gov; in the UK: http://www.dh.gov.uk). Reading some info about the swine flu will likely help you a bit to have REALISTIC expectations. Though it is only natural if you’re also a bit scared for ‘the needle’!

      Yes, if you take the anti-virus your chances may initially not get much lower to ‘catch’ the flue … but sure then you will be protected against complications! So … what is your biggest scare really???

      “Cool down … and think!”

      Martijn.

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