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How many times this year have you and your family caught colds? We all know that toddlers seem to have constantly streaming  noses, but does the cold virus tend to bounce from one family member to the next during the colder months in your house?                        

It's probably not as high up on your agenda as the current economic crisis or violent crime but unfortunately you can't solve those problems simply by taking better care with your respiratory and hand hygiene.

The Department of Health has launched the CATCH IT, BIN IT, KILL IT campaign to help reduce the spread of cold, flu and other viruses. Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, disposing of the tissue as soon as possible and cleaning your hands as soon you can are important actions that can help prevent the spread of germs.

Research has revealed that people don’t understand what a huge difference using and disposing of tissues correctly and washing hands can make in helping prevent the spread of the common cold and the more serious flu virus. Most adults suffer two to five colds a year and infants and pre-school children have seven to ten.

The messages of CATCH IT, BIN IT, KILL IT are simple:

Germs spread easily. Always carry tissues and use them to catch your cough or
Germs can live for several hours on tissues. Dispose of them as soon as possible
Hands can transfer germs to any surface you touch. Clean your hands as soon
as you can. 

For more information click here.


catch it bin it kill book overParents can even download a fun and interesting leaflet all about Dirty Bertie to help teach their children how easily germs spread. (Click on image of Dirty Bertie to download)


Dirty Bertie books are published by Stripes Publishing Ltd. Illustrations copyright c David Roberts 2008; text copyright c Alan MacDonald 2008






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