Very encouraging to read that a study has shown that watching a simple internet program showing how to wash your hands and take simple measures to reduce transmission of viruses can significantly reduce your chance of picking up colds and flu from people who are living or working with you.
Better still the study has shown that in the group who have watched the program they need less GP consultations and need to take less antibiotics - so it looks like this is effective and worthwhile.
Other things that you can do to get ready for the winter increase in colds include making sure that you get your flu vaccine. Now readily available for everyone it is definitely a good idea. And if you don't want your children missing school with the high temperatures and misery caused by flu it is worth thinking about the nasal flu spray. Not available to all age groups via the NHS but available privately for children up to the age of 18 - a simple sniff to give protection from the strains that are thought to be most likely to cause flu this year.
You might also want to stock up on Vitamin C and Zinc. Studies have shown that taking Zinc and vitamin C from the first signs can reduce the chance of a full blown cold developing.
Here is the link to the hand washing program. And let us know if you would like to order a flu vaccine or nasal flu vaccine and we will let you know as soon as we receive them next month.
Dr Amanda Northridge