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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

4 Ways To Give Flu The Cold Shoulder This Winter

 

 

Winter is just around the corner – and with it comes flu season, meaning potential bad news for healthcare facilities. Minor illnesses are already a major staffing issue for hospitals – they cause an annual average loss of 4.3 working days per person[1] – and they are especially problematic at a time of year when admissions see a major increase. However, this year could prove to be even worse…

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection prevention, flu season

Warning Nasty Flu Season Ahead

 

Reading the articles about the 2017-18 flu season, you’ll see headlines like “potential for nasty winter season”, and “why we may be in for a miserable flu season”. (I don’t think I’ve seen a “good” flu season). During every flu season there are hospitalizations and deaths that occur.  

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, flu season

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

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