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Influenza: prevention is easier than treatment

Kyiv, December 27, 2010 - In early January, UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will launch a second wave of the information campaign on prevention of influenza Simple things save lives. The campaign consists of two waves of information and communication channels such as outdoor advertising, videos, posters and brochures.

The first wave of campaign - outdoor advertising was successfully launched early November 2010. Simple and specific messages urged Ukrainians to stay home in case of illness, wash hands as often as possible, keep your distance from sick person, to use a mask if necessary, and practice other safe behavior.

Influenza is a viral, highly contagious disease with the possibility of causing serious complications and risk of death. The flu has symptoms similar to other acute respiratory viral infections, but there is not much safer. So the very first symptoms of such illnesses require special attention.

Implementation of the second wave of the campaign in early January will include showing videos about the prevention of influenza and ways to prevent the disease. Videos will be broadcasted on television and be available for viewing online. To watch the videos click here.

One should remember that influenza virus is dangerous, but not omnipotent. It can easily be prevented even during the epidemic, if treated with a few simple things you have to take into account.

You must have clean hands, because the infection enters the body through the mouth, nose and eyes that you sometimes touch with hands. In those hands you hold the money or hold onto a railing, where viruses and bacteria that left hand from touching other people, are stored in the active state for several hours.

You must use only disposable paper napkins and towels - like for washing hands and to cover the face during coughing. Used tissues should be immediately thrown in the trash, because they can also cause infection.

It is important to fully eat, get enough sleep, avoid fatigue - for improving the body's ability carts. This will increase chances of preventing both infection and severe disease and its complications.

Regular room ventilation and wet cleaning, both in the home and in workplaces, reduced live viruses and bacteria that can remain active for hours after being in the premises of a sick person.

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About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 190 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF opened its office in Kyiv in 1997.

For further information please contact:
Anna Sukhodolska, UNICEF Programme Communication Officer
Tel: 230-25-15, email: asukhodolska@unicef.org

 

 
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