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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Prepare for Flu Season

Clover Park Technical College cares about your health.

Health experts expect that the upcoming flu season may affect up to 25% of Pierce County residents. Now is the time to prepare and take care of yourself and family so that you stay well.

Here are some simple tips that will help you stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap.
  • Do not share computers, pens/pencils, books, telephones without wiping them down first with an antibacterial wipe.
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Stay home if you are sick to prevent the spread of illness.
  • Prepare at home for extended illness by having extra water on hand.
  • Stay up to date with college emergency preparations. Click here for more information.

Download your emergency preparedness poster. (PDF)

The best defense against the flu, pick one.

Hand Hygiene Tips

No. 1: The Twenty-Second Rule
For many people, washing your hands consists of giving them a quick rinse. But if you’re serious about getting rid of the germs on your hands, you need to spend a full twenty seconds washing with antimicrobial soap, then rinsing with warm water and drying vigorously with a clean paper towel. Come on, twenty seconds really isn’t that long. Besides, you’ve already been reading this for twenty-five seconds.

No. 2: Before and After
To stay healthy and keep the people you come in contact with healthy, know when to wash and dry your hands:

  • Before preparing food
  • After using the washroom
  • Before treating a cut or wound
  • After blowing your nose
  • Before tending to a sick person
  • After coughing or sneezing

No. 3: It’s Not All Soap and Water
Just because you’ve washed your hands doesn’t mean the germs have been washed away. It takes the friction of a clean paper towel to literally wipe away those sick-causing germs. And don’t neglect the creases between your fingers.

No. 4: You Have a Beautiful Face. Just Don’t Touch It.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the transfer of germs from hands to eyes, nose and mouth is the primary source for getting sick. So, do your best to avoid contact between your hands and face, especially after touching public surfaces.

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