Home Health Catch it, bin it, kill it

Catch it, bin it, kill it

by Laura Johnston

That’s the advice to help us stop the spread of colds and flu this winter.

The increase in cases of flu has prompted a reminder about how to stop the spread of germs. Flu is very infectious and spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.

So it’s important to ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’ to reduce the risk of spreading germs.

We can do that by:

  • using tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible
  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap

An easy way to stay well this winter is to get the flu vaccination. You are eligible for the free flu vaccine if you are pregnant, are aged 65 years or over, have a long term health condition*, or are a carer. Children aged 2 or 3 years are also eligible. Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife.

Further information about flu and the flu vaccine visit the NHS choices website.