Washing hands is the easiest way to protect ourselves from contagious diseases, like colds, influenza and gastroenteritis. Hands should be washed before and after eating or preparing food, after going to the toilet and after nose blowing.
When teaching your child to wash their hands;
- Use water and soap, making sure enough soap is applied to cover hands and wrists.
- Rub hand, fingers, thumbs and wrists then rinse with water.
- Use a brush to clean under nails if they’re dirty
- Dry hands with something clean (like a paper towel)
Communicable Diseases/ Immunisation
There has been a number of confirmed cases of Measles in Perth over the last month. This is a timely reminder to ensure your child’s immunisations are up to date.
Maintaining a high level of immunisation within our community is very important to control the spread of communicable diseases and to keep everyone well, especially those who are most at risk such as; babies, pregnant mothers, the elderly and those who are unwell or immunocompromised.
Vaccine preventable diseases can have serious health consequences for school aged children and others in the community. You can help protect your child by ensuring their vaccinations are up-to-date. Vaccinations are available from your Family or Doctor or Immunisation Clinics.
For further information see your Family Doctor or contact Health Direct on 1800 022 222