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Practice good hand hygiene to help protect against flu

19 November 2019


This winter Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups are highlighting the importance of good hand hygiene for protection against the flu.

The flu is a virus and can be a debilitating illness for most, for vulnerable groups such as older people, pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions it can result in severe complications. Health experts say the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from getting the flu is to have the seasonal flu vaccine.  Aside from the flu vaccine, the best way to protect yourself, and those around you, from the flu is to practice good hand hygiene. This includes catching coughs and sneezes in tissues, throwing used tissues away and washing your hands frequently throughout the day.

If you feel the need to cough or sneeze, it’s important to practice the following steps; catch it, bin it, kill it.

Catch It

The average sneeze can spread approximately 100,000 germs at up to 100 miles an hour. Always make sure you carry tissues and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.

Bin It

These germs can live for several hours on a tissue, make sure to bin your used tissue as soon as possible.

Kill It

Your hands are an easy way for the flu virus to spread.  After you’ve coughed or sneezed, even into a tissue, make sure you wash and dry your hands thoroughly.

Washing your hands, with soap, is an easy way to help protect yourself and others against the flu. If you are washing your hands properly you should be able to sing “Happy Birthday” twice in your head, this should take around 20 seconds.

If you would like more information on how to stop the spread of flu, please follow this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/  

ENDS

For more information contact 01525 624440 

bedsccg.communications@nhs.net 

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

  • Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 450,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.
  • BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 47 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire.
  • Luton Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 240,000 people who live in Luton. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.
  • LCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. 27 GP practices in Luton are members of the CCG.

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