“As we enter cold and flu season, the Health Department will continue to emphasize the ongoing need for reminders about basic infection prevention and control measures,” explained Brenda Kwan, Manager, Environmental Health with the Health Department. “There is no doubt that the most significant factor in controlling the spread of infectious diseases is practising proper hand hygiene. Measures such as handwashing help to lower the risk of getting a disease and spreading it to others.
“Everyone can help prevent the spread of infections by being involved. National Infection Control Week is just one week, but we should all practise prevention measures throughout the year.”
Effective infection prevention and control measures include:
• Cleaning your hands frequently with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap isn’t available.
• Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue, or using your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Disposing of used tissue in a waste basket and washing your hands.
• Staying home if you have symptoms such as fever, cough, sneezing or vomiting and diarrhea, which may indicate an infection.
• Getting the annual flu shot and keeping your immunizations up-to-date.
For more information on infection prevention and control, please call the Environmental Help Line, at 905-723-3818, at 1-888-777-9613, or visit durham.ca.
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