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Seasonal flu has been in the news for some months and now we also have the Swine flu (H1N1) virus.

  The HSE have recommended vaccination, especially for high risk groups with Health Minister Simon Harris recently quoted as saying, “It is not too late to get vaccinated and the good news is that the vaccination is very effective in relation to this strain of flu,”.   There are some simple planning and preventative measures we should all look at to hinder the spread of the virus.   Our recommended flu "do’s & don'ts".   Don't:   Count on a Face Mask to Prevent Flu Infection. When someone sick with the flu talks, sneezes or coughs, infected flu droplets can travel at least 1 meter (about 3.3. feet), a face mask or any kind of respirator will not protect you from touching a contaminated surface nor will a mask prevent droplets getting on your clothing or hair. It probably makes more sense for a person infected with the flu to wear a face mask to avoid spreading their illness, if they must be in close contact with other people. However, don't rely on a face mask as your only protection -- you still need to take other prevention steps.   Do:   Wash your Hands & Often, use an antibacterial soap if possible. If you do not have access to hand-washing facilities, then carry some hand sanitizer. It is also important to remember to: • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your arm -- never your hands. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. • Avoid others until you've been free of fever for 24 hours. • Stay at least 6 feet away from people with flu-like illness.   Don't:   Share cups, glasses or utensils with colleagues or family members & remember to take special care when refilling your water bottle at the water cooler – use a disinfectant wipe first! Medipal 3 in 1 Disinfectant Wipes are highly effective against a wide range of pathogenic microorganisms, providing full Virucidal activity (this includes the H1N1 virus). Don't:   Forget to keep surfaces (at home and at work) clean and disinfected. Flu viruses can linger on desks, phones, cabinets, books, doorknobs, linens, counter tops, toys, and other objects. Medipal 3 in 1 Disinfectant Wipes are suitable for general everyday cleaning and disinfection and can be used in the office and in the home. Don’t forget to wash your hands immediately after handling dirty laundry! Do:   Plan Ahead. One of the golden rules for dealing with the flu is for sick people to stay at home. That means planning ahead in case you or someone in your family gets sick. Workers may want to look into how their company handles sick leave or time off to care for someone with flu. And you might also want to stock up on tissues, disinfectant wipes and soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizers for work and home. For more information on Medipal 3 in 1 Disinfectant Wipes and other related products please contact our team of experts on Phone: (01) 6301800 or Email: