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Warned, but not well armed: preventing viral upper respiratory infections in households.

Public health nurses can use several strategies for prevention of upper respiratory infections (URIs): (a) provide more tailored educational messages on preventive strategies (vaccination, hand hygiene, spatial separation of infected household members, avoidance of antibiotics to treat viral URI, and environmental cleaning), which are delivered personally rather than passively; (b) use patient encounters to encourage vaccination for risk groups; (c) encourage use of alcohol hand sanitizers by householders during the cold and flu season; and (d) provide opportunities for skill development (e.g., cover your cough). Public Health Nursing 2007;24:48-59.

Author: Larson EL

Published: 01/01/2007

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Public Health Nursing