How to Reduce Transmission of Bacteria and InfectionsThursday, February 21, 2008
Winter is often associated with bacterial and microbial infections that are easily transmissible. The Beauséjour Regional Health Authority reminds you that it is important to take measures to reduce the risks of transmission of those illnesses.
If you have symptoms such as a runny nose, smarting in eyes, sore throat, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or other symptoms, the Authority recommends avoiding visiting patients in hospitals or elderly people in nursing homes thus reducing their contamination and risks of an epidemic.
Influenza affects millions of Canadians every year, mostly between November and April, and causes many problems including work absenteeism and hospitalization. It can even cause death in certain situations.
Hands hygiene is essential in reducing germs and bacteria transmission. Good hand washing techniques, even if it sounds banal, have a great incidence in preventing infections. The use of antiseptic solution with alcohol is also recommended when soap and water are not available.
Getting the annual antiviral influenza vaccine (the flu shot) is also highly recommended, especially for people who are more at risk of developing severe respiratory infections. It might not be too late for you to be vaccinated. Ask your doctor if there are still shots available in your area.
The following measures can also reduce bacteria transmission:
To wash your hands efficiently, follow these steps: remove any rings or jewellery use warm water and wet your hands thoroughly use soap, preferably liquid, and lather very well scrub your hands, between your fingers, wrists, and forearms with soap for 15-20 seconds scrub under your nails rinse thoroughly dry your hands with a single use towel or air dryer turn off the taps/faucets with a paper towel