Little girl washing hands in a sink

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There’s a recognizable chill in the air, a crisp breeze ruffles your collar, and the leaves on the trees are changing colors. This can only mean one thing: fall is here, and winter is around the corner with flu season hot on its heels. It’s natural that our minds turn to infection prevention, in preparation for the coming months of indoor living and close proximity. The timing is appropriate, as tomorrow wraps up International Infection Prevention Week according to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) (a nonprofit organization that “aims to create a safer world through the prevention of infection”). APIC has over 40 years of experience in educating health professionals and publishing evidence-based reference materials, including resources for patients and families. Similarly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers extensive online infection control formation including these Key Facts About Good Health Habits for Preventing Seasonal Flu. As demonstrated by APIC and the CDC, media can be a powerful means of disseminating educational information, especially to the young. Keep reading to explore current research and learn more about the media’s role in regards to infection prevention and hygiene.

eBug spreads disease prevention

  • Computer game-based learning is an effective means of teaching middle and high school aged children about hygiene
  • The popular children’s show Sesame Street has the potential to teach children about health and hygiene

Children’s advertising: all the wrong things

  • A content analysis outlines how advertising for sugary snacks is high, whereas advertising for dental hygiene is low

 

(Photo by Aikawa Ke/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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