Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council

01/15/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/15/2020 04:51

Catch it, Bin it, Kill it. Help stop the spread of flu germs

Flu viruses are spread in droplets through sneezing, coughing or talking - people with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. If the viruses settle on a hard surface such as a door handle or handrail they can live for 24 hours. This is why good hygiene is so important when trying to prevent the spread of the flu virus.

To reduce the risk of spreading flu we are urging everyone to:

  • Use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Bin used tissues as quickly as possible

Catch it, Bin it, Kill it!

Cllr Piers Allen, Chair of the Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Committee, said:

'One of the most effective ways to stop the spread of Flu is to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, it can help you avoid picking up infections and spreading them to others this winter.

'For those who are more vulnerable, you or your family may be eligible for a free flu vaccine, including the nasal spray for children, so it is always worth checking with your GP or local community pharmacist if you have not already received a vaccine this winter.'

Dr Graham Lewis, local GP and Chair of NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), added:

'If you are healthy, getting a cold or even flu is not normally life threatening but for the very elderly, or people living with long-term health problems, like chronic lung disease or asthma, the complications caused by the flu virus can be very serious.

'See your pharmacist at the first signs of a cold or flu and make sure you have some over the counter remedies which can help relieve a cough, sore throat or aching muscles.'

Notes for editors

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Reference: P016/20