Keep hands clean to be free from flu

ONE way to reduce your chances of catching the influenza (flu) virus this year is simply washing your hands.

Communicable diseases senior director Dr Sonya Bennett said World Hand Hygiene Day today was an ideal time to spread the word on why keeping hands clean was vital in preventing the spread of germs.

"A lot of people don't realise that you can catch diseases such as flu if you shake hands with an infected person or touch a contaminated surface such as a doorknob or telephone, and then touch your nose or mouth."