Category: Colds & Flu

Why do Parents send Sick Kids to School and Daycare? What can we do about it?

I was strapping my kids into the car outside daycare last week when a newbie mum came up to me to ask a few questions, quickly progressing to the meat: “And what about…germs?” “Oh, yeah,” I nodded ruefully, ‘There’s LOADS of those.’ She groaned when I told her the ugly truth; that, time after time,…

Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance Week – And Why we need to start Respecting Illness Again

A world where antibiotics can’t cure relatively simple infections like tonsillitis and ear infections is a world that really scares me. This is a potential world where people could actually die from relatively ‘minor’ infections. Thank God that right now, for my own ear infection prone kids, Antibiotics are still working.  But the way things…

Do Health Care Professionals have a Moral Obligation to get the Flu Shot?

The piece below was first published in a publication called “Connections” by the Australian College of Nursing (then the Royal College of Nursing). It is a fully referenced article that looks at whether Health Care workers should feel morally obliged to get a yearly flu shot in order to protect their patients. It is an…

Man-Flu: A Somewhat Qualitative Analysis

Abstract: Man-Flu, a serious medical condition (or Phenomenon, it depends on perspective)  is commonly thought to be on the rise. Anecdotal reports from Wives, Girlfriends and De Facto Partners have not only documented a significant increase in frequency of this condition but also in the increased severity of symptoms purportedly experienced by the affected individuals.…

School Hand-Washing Project: Teaching Points

The main points I wanted to get across to the students were: Rationale for good and regular Hand-Washing (to protect others as well as for ourselves). How to wash  hands effectively and to introduce the three (main) areas in a good Hand-Washing regime. Extras such as face touching, caring for chapped hands can be touched…

RE-Respecting Germ: What happened to Good Old Fashioned Hand-Washing?

As you may already be aware, I’m bent on changing society’s attitude to Germs. I’m not advocating sterile living by any means, I’m not trying to pump people full of Germ Phobia but I do believe something needs to change. Times have changed, Medication has changed, Living Environments have changed: We need to RE-Respect the…