October 15 is 'Global Handwashing Day'!

The driving theme for Global Handwashing Day is children and schools, and the main objectives of this global celebration are:

• Foster & support global culture of handwashing with soap.
• Shine a light on state of handwashing in each country.
• Raise awareness about benefits of handwashing with soap.

Read more at: GlobalHandWashingDay.org and remember:
Handwashing & Hand Hygiene is the major prevention against swine flu!

A funny recommendation:
Wash your hands with hands!”

Wash your hands with hands & fight the H1N1 virus (swine flu)!

A few more important reminders in the perspective of the current H1N1 swine flue pandemic are:

• Don’t think that you can wash your hands properly without using soap!
• Don’t think that a hand sanitizer is meant to replace handwashing!
• The best way to make sure your hands are clean is to wash them for twenty seconds several times a day!

MORE DETAILS AVAILABLE AT:

Hands on ‘hand hygiene’!
Swine flu prevention is a matter of ‘hand hygiene’!
Hand Hygiene: warm air dryers increase bacteria on hands!
More hand hygiene news!

Fight the swine flu: wash your hands - use soap and water for 15-20 seconds!

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The Medline Hand Hygiene Compliance Program!

Swine flu prevention starts with proper hand hygiene!

Did you know that the average hand hygiene compliance rate is only 40%? That’s a major concern in the perspective of the swine flu pandemic – especially since governments has stated worldwide that hand hygiene is one of the few effective tools to prevent infection with the H1N1 influenza A virus!

While the Medline hand hygiene compliance program was initially developed as a combat against healthcare acquired conditions, now it the program can serve as an additional tool for to stop the swine flu pandemic (a.k.a. the Mexican flu).

Earlier this week the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report describing a plausible scenario saying:

“…swine flu pandemic could:

• produce infection of 30-50% of the U.S. population this fall and winter;

• cause between 30,000 and 90,000 deaths in the United States concentrated among children and young adults.”

While the annual deaths associated with seasonal flu in the United States is only 30,000-40,000 mainly among people over 65!

Remember, on wednesday july 29 (2009), Barack Obama told the Americans that swine flu prevention is not only an issue of the governement, individuals must also do their part. Obama said:

“Keep your hands washed, cover your mouth when you cough, stay home from work if you are sick, keep your children home from school if they are sick.”

SO, IF YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR PREVENTION AGAINST THE H1N1 INFLUENZA A VIRUS …

THINK ABOUT YOUR HAND HYGIENE!!!

MORE DETAILS AVAILABLE AT:

Hands on ‘hand hygiene’!
Swine flu prevention is a matter of ‘hand hygiene’!
Hand Hygiene: warm air dryers increase bacteria on hands!
Obama’s council of advisors about the swine flu!
Barack Obama’s recommendation for swine flu prevention: the fist bump!

Female sprinters from Jamaica have the long ring finger!

Clean hands save lives: hand hygiene is the key to prevent a swine flue pandemic.

On july 14, swine flue was reported to hit the Bassetlaw region with three suspected cases of swine flue (Influenza A – H1N1), and in at least one of those cases a nine-year-old child at Worksop’s St John’s Primary School was confirmed to be suffering from the disease. On july 23 ‘National Pandemic Flu Service (NPFS)’ was launched featured with the simple advice ‘CATCH IT, BIN IT, KILL IT’ – and within a few hours the website crashed due to its popularity. On july 25 – last saturday – sales of hand gel had rocket in Worksop due to the swine flue fears.

What can you do?

To help limit the spread, wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water. Antibacterial, alcohol hand gels can stop the virus. When sneezing, catch all droplets in a clean tissue and dispose in a bin immediately. If you are diagnosed with swine flu, stay at home. Adults are generally infectious to others for five days, children for seven days. Do not go to work until all of the symptoms have cleared and you are fully recovered.

According the ‘National Pandemic Flu Service’ the basic rules to prevent from being affected by the disease are:

“- Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible;

– Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully;

– Maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from our hands to face or to other people;

– Cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product;

– Making sure your children follow this advice.”

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Hand Hygiene: warm air dryers increase bacteria on hands!
The swine flu etiquette: use good hand hygiene, no handshaking, no mask, to prevent a pandemic!
Hand Hygiene: warm air dryers increase bacteria on hands!

Hand of a young girl in Uganda.

Hand of a young girl in Uganda: a few health facts!

Today, monday 13 july 2009, the 4th and the 5th case of swine flue – the Influenza A (H1N1) – has been confirmed in Uganda. What are the health chances for children in Uganda?

A few health facts about children in Uganda:

– Malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhea are the main causes of under-5 mortality.

– Approximately 20,000 babies are infected by HIV annually through mother-to-child transmission.

– Nearly half of the estimated 2 million orphans are orphaned due to AIDS, with the total expected to rise to 3.5 million by 2010 – while today the population in Uganda counts about 31 million people!

Uganda is a landlocked country in east Africa.

While about 13.5 million children (6 months-15 years) were immunized against measles in 2003, how many children will be immunized for swine flue if the pandemic spreads among the population in Uganda?

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The hands of children: fingernails & health!
Finger length reveals talent in the hands of young children
Use of human Nails as bio-indicators of heavy metals among school age children in Kenya!

The hands of happy & healthy children in Uganda.

No handshaking is an effective tool to prevent a swine flu pandemic.

DO YOU KNOW the “etiquette rules” to prevent a swine flu pandemic? It is all about hand hygiene & no handshakes!

Six of the most important swine flue etiquette rules to prevent a swine flue pandemic – all are related to hand hygiene – are:

No handshaking! – No handshake, high five, nor intimate greatings such as: beso-beso, touching cheeks, air kisses;
Do not sneeze nor cough in your hands! – Use a handkerchief, tissue, or your t-shirt;
Wash your hands frequently! – Even at home, and don’t forget the soap;
Wash your hands before and after eating!

Additional options are:

You can use alcohol hand cleaners when washing your hand;
• The ultimate protection is to stay at home & wear a face mask – though the experts agree that the biggest benefit of a mask is when they are worn by those who are already sick!

Dr. Richard Besser (acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control) says:

“I would rather people really focus on hand washing, not giving that little kiss of greeting when you’re meeting someone, of doing those sorts of things, covering your cough and your sneeze.”

Source: The Canadian Press