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Hand washing can keep you well, happy and healthy

CONTROL THE FLU: You don’t want to end up like this.
CONTROL THE FLU: You don’t want to end up like this. Tom Le Goff

ABOUT 400 Queenslanders died from influenza1 in 2010, a statistic that rose by almost 50 compared to the previous year.

Each year in Australia colds and flu cause an estimated 1,500,000 lost work days, 300,000 doctor visits and 18,000 hospitalisations.

With the flu season approaching fast, St John Ambulance is determined to educate the public on the importance of strict infection control in the workplace and also at home.

St John Queensland first aid expert Darryl Clare said implementing basic infection control practices can break the chain of infection and minimise illness at home and in your workplace.

"Infection control is not only about keeping yourself healthy, but also your friends, family and colleagues too," Mr Clare said.

"Most bacteria are transferred from your hands, so practising good basic hygiene principals could mean you don't become one of the deadly statistics."

"Germs are spread through everyday contact such as turning the handle of a door, using someone else's dirty pen and even hugging dirty sheets as you take them to the laundry.

"You never know who touched that stair railing, train door lever, shopping trolley handle or magazine at the doctor's surgery before you.

"Washing and drying your hands correctly or using anti-bacterial gel will help control the spread of the flu."

Topics:  flu health influenza

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