Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases campaign

PUBLISHED: 15:25 29 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:15 31 May 2010

ADVICE on how to avoid catching and spreading the flu is being offered by West Essex Primary Care Trust in a new NHS campaign. Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases encourages people to use disposable tissues and throw them away afterwards, cover your mouth

ADVICE on how to avoid catching and spreading the flu is being offered by West Essex Primary Care Trust in a new NHS campaign.

Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases encourages people to use disposable tissues and throw them away afterwards, cover your mouth when you cough and wash your hands regularly.

West Essex PCT's director of public health, Alison Cowie, said: "The coughs and sneezes campaign highlights how basic measures like using a tissue and washing your hands can help to prevent the spread of germs.

"Flu and cold viruses are infectious diseases that can be caught from direct or indirect contact when a person who has flu, a cough or sneezes. It is important to remember that flu and colds can occur at any time and not just during the winter months, so it is wise that we all take the basic precautions highlighted in the campaign."

Almost half of us get two or more colds a year, but Ms Cowie said there are ways to prevent the inevitable cold.

"While most of us are pretty good at washing our hands with some regularity after going to the toilet or before preparing food, there are plenty of times when we are lax," she said.

"Not everyone washes their hands after coughing and sneezing, all of which could help prevent us from getting cold and flu.

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