Protect Yourself from Communicable Diseases

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Everyday we come in contact with germs and viruses that could make us sick. Learn how to protect yourself.

Protecting Yourself from Communicable Disease

Clean your hands!

Cleaning your hands is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs. Regular hand cleaning with either soap and water, or an alcohol based hand rub will reduce the risk of getting sick for both children and adults.
    
Cleaning your hands should occur: 
  • Before preparing meals or eating
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the washroom, changing a diaper or helping someone else use the toilet  
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose  
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick 
  • After touching animals, pet food/treats    
  • After playing outdoors   

Use warm water and soap and lather and scrub for at least 20 seconds if your hands are visibly dirty.  

Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning your Hands with Soap and Water  
  • Don't use a single damp cloth to clean a group of children's hands  
  • Don't use a standing basin of water to rinse hands.  
  • In a daycare or food preparation setting - Always use disposable towels.      

Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers are Safe for Children's Hands   
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are safe for children. After using the hand sanitizer, the alcohol content evaporates.  
They should be supervised when using it to avoid swallowing. Store it safely.  

Kids can be part of the Team!  

It is important to teach children proper hand hygiene steps starting when they are young. Make cleaning your hands a part of the daily routine, especially before and after eating, using the washroom, blowing their nose or playing with pets. A fun exercise is to have children sing the ABC song while cleaning their hands. The song takes approximately 20 seconds so this teaches children the correct amount of time needed to clean their hands. Check out  Team Scrub  for fun ways to teach kids about clean hands.

Communicable Disease Fact sheets

Information and fact sheets about common communicable illnesses.

Be Wise and Immunize!

It is very important to protect you, your children and others by having your family members immunized on time. Immunization can protect infants and children from serious illnesses that may result in permanent disability or death. Immunization is available for children at child health clinics and in schools. Immunization for adults is also available.

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