Health Officials Finally Advise Washing Your Hands

December 9, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Colds, Flu, Bird Flu, Health Tips Library 

Today’s Health Tip has previously reported on the importance of washing your hands. Soap and water kills the bird flu. It is important to avoid touching your face until you wash your hands after being in contact with public facilities, after taking off or putting on your shoes, pumping gas. Think about the things you touch that have been touched by others – then wash your hands. Here is the report:

NBC 15 Online published the story that Alabama health officials are emphasizing hand-washing and vaccinations to help stop the spread of two illnesses this winter: influenza and Shigella, a bacterial infection that can cause severe diarrhea. Click Here For The Full Report

Shigella cases have been reported in 30 of the state’s 67 counties and were first seen in January this year, according to health department records.

The location of flu cases across the country has also made it an unusual year, with the season appearing to start in the Southeast, reversing the usual trend of outbreaks starting in the West and spreading East.

State epidemiologist J.P. Lofgren said the Shigella outbreak has been the worst in at least a dozen years.

Lofgren said the numbers are very likely much higher – there is an estimated 30 unreported cases for each documented case, he said.

The bacterial infection is easily passed from person to person, but its spread can be stopped with proper hand-washing. At best it causes mild diarrhea, but in severe cases it can result in bloody diarrhea leading to dehydration, hospitalization and death in rare cases, Lofgren said.

Health officials are also encouraging people to be vaccinated for the flu. There has been a low demand for the vaccine even though Alabama was the first state in the nation to report widespread cases of the disease.

The Montgomery County Health Department has seen fewer people seeking flu shots during its two-week walk-in clinic, said Pat Schloeder, nurse manager for the agency.

“We’ve given about half as many as we usually give in a two-week period,” Schloeder told the Montgomery Advertiser in a story for Friday’s editions.

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