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Protect Yourself From the Flu

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Influenza, more commonly referred to as the flu, is a common illness that affects millions each winter. The flu season starts in November, and generally ends in April. Virus can spread from infected people coughing or sneezing, and can also live on hard surfaces like keyboards, doorknobs, or desks. Touching such virus contaminated surfaces is enough to catch the flu yourself if you then rub your eyes, or touch your mouth or nose.

A flu shot during the fall is one of the most reliable methods of protecting yourself, or at least reducing the symptoms of the flu should you catch it during flu season. Another often neglected treatment is that of washing your hands on a regular basis, and using proper hand washing techniques.

Hand washing is one of the best ways to reduce your chance of catching, and spreading the flu. There are however, products that can assist you in your battle against the flu. Antimicrobial hand sanitizers are new products that can help you keep yourself protected from various bacteria, fungus, parasites and viruses. Safe4Hours™ (see is a new product that was introduced in Canada, and is made with Triclosan, killing germs, and is bonded with Invisicare® (see which keeps the triclosan on the skin for up to four hours, even after hand washing.

The importance of regularly washing your hands cannot be understated. Those of you that do wash your hands regularly may not know that there is a proper technique to washing your hands. Read the instructions below for proper hand washing:

1.    Wash your hands in warm water for at least 15 seconds. Be strict about this, as most people don’t wash their hands for this long.
2.    Using soap, rub the hands together vigorously. The friction that this creates helps to destroy the germs.
3.    Ensure that you do not omit the area between your fingers and under the nails.
4.    Using a clean and dry towel, dry your hands. After use, ensure that you hang the towel for drying.
5.    If you are using a public washroom, assume the taps and the doorknobs to be contaminated. Use the paper towel that is available in the washroom to turn off the tap, and to open the door.

Hand washing using water is the most effective way to clean your hands, however, in a pinch where you do not have fresh water available, hand wipes or alcohol based hand sanitizers can replace washing. These products are more commonly seen now in banks and other public buildings where traffic is high.


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