Canadians Reminded to Protect Themselves Against H1N1 Influenza Virus

    OTTAWA, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - In the wake of the World Health
Organization (WHO) announcement declaring a full-scale pandemic for H1N1
Influenza virus, the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association is
reminding Canadians of the practical steps they can take to avoid being
infected by the virus.
    "It has been 41 years since we have been faced with such a pandemic and
it is critical that everyone take the proper preventive measures to help
protect themselves and their families," said Shannon Coombs, President of
    "Flu viruses are spread through coughing, sneezing, or touching a
contaminated surface," Coombs said. "Frequent handwashing and using
antimicrobial products, such as disinfectants, to clean surfaces and objects
handled by people with influenza are important steps that prevent the spread
of dangerous germs."
    CCSPA recommends Canadians take the following precautions to stay

    - Wash your hands often.
    - Clean and disinfect surface areas frequently.
    - Use disinfectants or sanitizers properly by following label directions
      to kill germs on commonly touched surfaces such as telephones,
      keyboards, doorknobs, and countertops.
    - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or
      cough and sneeze into your arm or sleeve, to avoid contaminating
      commonly touched surfaces.
    - Limit close contact with others who have a cold or the flu.
    - Avoid contact with others when you have a cold or the flu. When
      possible, stay home from work or school and keep your germs to

    To heighten awareness about the importance of handwashing, CCSPA and the
Canadian Institute of Child Health recently launched a new program called
"William, Won't You Wash Your Hands?" The program's information kit provides
valuable resources on handwashing for preschool children and preschool
educators. The kit is being distributed free of charge to approximately 12,000
early learning and care programs, family resource centres and public health
units in Canada, making this resource available to approximately 265,000
children across Canada and their families.

    More information is available on CCSPA's website at
    For the latest information on the H1N1 flu virus, please go to the Public
Health Agency of Canada's website at

    The Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association is a national trade
organization representing Canada's consumer, industrial and institutional
specialty products industry.

For further information:

For further information: Shannon Coombs, CCSPA President, (613) 232-6616
ext. 18

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