Hand Washing Can Help Fight Against the Swine Flu
NSF International’s Scrub Club(R) Teaches Children the Importance of Washing their Hands
“With increasing reports of the swine flu, hand washing is more important than ever,” said
The influenza virus is often spread when a person comes in contact with something that has been contaminated with germs, such as people’s hands, doorknobs or countertops, and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth before washing their hands. In fact, an NSF International classroom study in 2005 found that commonly shared items, such as drinking fountains, desks and cafeteria trays typically have more germs than any other surface in a school.
“Our first line of defense against all viruses is hand washing,” said
In another study conducted by NSF in 2006, 42 percent of teachers surveyed said it is more difficult to get their students to use soap when they wash their hands than it is to get them to do their homework, and 86 percent of teachers say that parents often send a sick child to school since he/she may be unable to stay at home alone.
With youth at risk, NSF’s Scrub Club(R) (scrubclub.org) provides an effective way for kids to learn the importance of hand washing to protect them against influenza. NSF International, a not-for-profit public health and safety organization, has developed a Web site that teaches children how to properly wash their hands.
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SOURCE NSF International