Don’t forget to wash your hands

21 June 2019

Good hand hygiene is the best and easiest way to avoid colds and flu.

Hands being washed in the kitchen sink

When we sneeze, cough or touch other people or objects we spread germs without even realising it.

Infections like cold and flu are usually spread by person to person contact. The best way to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands thoroughly and often, particularly:

  • before, during and after preparing food
  • after going to the toilet or changing a nappy
  • after you blow your nose, sneeze or cough
  • when your hands are visibly dirty
  • after smoking
  • after handling or patting animals
  • before and after taking care of someone who is sick
  • when you enter and leave a healthcare facility.

Even if your hands look clean they can still be carrying germs. Make sure you wash your hands with soap and water, paying attention to the back or your hands, fingers, fingernails, fingertips, and the webbing between your fingers.

If there is no soap and water available, alcohol based hands rubs are a great alternative, especially if you’re travelling.

Washing your hands reduces the spread of germs which will help keep you and your family healthy this winter.

Learn more about hand hygiene.