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Stepping up measures to protect children from influenza

07 Aug 2018

While the spread of influenza via droplets is well-known, findings from a recent study by the Ministry of Health (MOH) have cast the spotlight on a less common transmission route.

Studies have found that influenza viruses remain viable on hard, non-porous surfaces like metal, wood and plastic for 24 to 48 hours, which can theoretically cause infections if picked up from such surfaces and transferred to the mouth or nose, said Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, Head of the School’s Infectious Disease Programme. It is important that schools and childcare centres have a proper cleaning programme and promote good hygiene practices.

The best methods that parents and schools can take to protect children from the flu are getting annual influenza vaccinations and practising good hygiene.

“Although the influenza vaccination does not work exceptionally well for an individual, better herd immunity develops when more and more people get vaccinated,” added A/Prof Hsu.

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