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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

5 Handy Hacks to Help You Survive Cold and Flu Season


Take out your sweaters and prepare for sniffles – cold and flu season is upon us. Starting in October and dragging out until May, the seasonal flu can hit at any time. In 2014-2015, Canada saw more than 43,000 cases of the flu – nearly doubling the previous year[1]. Considering that 80 percent of common infections – including the flu – can be spread through contaminated hands, there’s never a more important time to remind yourself, coworkers, family and friends the importance of hand hygiene.

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Flu Prevention, Infection prevention, Flu

Fighting Off Cold and Flu Season with Clean Hands

The bitter cold hitting your face and mounds of snowfall at your feet is the first indication to start staying indoors and turn the thermometer up a few notches – but it’s also a warning sign that cold and flu season has arrived. With the chill outside trapping everyone inside, germs spread more quickly and can wreak havoc at home and within schools, but is best known to directly strike the hustling and bustling workplace.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Influenza, Flu

Swine Flu Outbreaks Put Spotlight on Hand Hygiene

A number of recent swine flu outbreaks within healthcare premises shows us that, as much as it pains us to admit it, the threat of healthcare acquired infections (HCAIs) is very real.

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Swine Flu, H1N1

Can’t Touch This! Flu Season!

Microorganisms such as viruses just don’t take a holiday. On Saturday morning November 7, Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak was finally declared over. In order to declare an outbreak over, the geographic area has to go through 2 incubation periods without a new case arrising.

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

How To Get "Flu-Season Ready" In 5 Simple Ways

Flu season is upon us once again. You may be sitting and wondering if and when you'll be affected...or infected. It's a virus that is so easy to contract from your family, co-workers, surfaces and even by sneezes and coughing, so it's best to be prepared. While the CDC recommends always getting an annual flu shot for best prevention, there are additional ways to get yourself "flu season ready". Here are 5 simple things you can do avoid getting the flu AND prevent the spread of the flu to others:

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

How To Implement An Infection Prevention Program In Your Business And Save Significantly

Every year, up to 7.5 million Canadians1 and 62 million Americans will get the flu and become sick. The direct cost of all workplace absenteeism is estimated at 2.4% of gross annual payroll.2 As a result, seasonal flu has a significant impact on employers and the general public. Direct medical costs, for example, are estimated in the US at $10 billion annually and more than $16 billion in lost earnings.3 Indirect costs include lost productivity, replacement workers and a reduction in customer satisfaction. Combining both direct and indirect costs significantly increases the financial impact of absenteeism on businesses globally.

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Topics: Influenza, Absenteeism, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

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