Can You Still Spread the Flu After Getting the Flu Vaccine?

Yes, you can.

Remember, even people who have been vaccinated can contract the flu virus and are at risk of spreading the flu if they are not practicing the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness!!

Flu vaccine is not a single solution to the flu, but simply one part of the true flu prevention strategy!

Remember, most of the respiratory infections are flu-like- RSV, adenovirus, rhinovirus, coxsackie virus, pertussis and many more that do NOT have a vaccine!

This is why we encourage EVERYONE to follow the Comprehensive Cold and Flu Prevention Triad. If you get the vaccine, following this Prevention Triad can REDUCE the possibility of you contracting the Flu Virus and ensure you do not spread it to others!

Comprehensive Cold & Flu Prevention Triad:

1. Do not touch the T ZONE (mucous membranes of the eyes, nose & mouth)

2. Handwash Regularly

3. Don’t Hesitate to Vaccinate


A new study published in JAMA( Journal of American Medical Association) Online  reveals inadequate awareness of hand hygiene behaviors in HCWs (Healthcare workers):

Audio version follow link below:

Recent Hand Hygiene news in Healthcare workers

Infection Prevention is EVERYONE’S business!!

Thank you for helping to “Spread the Word not the Germs”!  

Will Sawyer, MD


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

International Clean Hands Week September 20-26!

Download poster here


Back to School has already begun and International Clean Hands Week is right around the corner! This is the time to talk about the importance of hand hygiene in reducing Infectious Disease events for both students & Teachers! Let’s reduce absenteeism in our schools!

We are launching the “Clean Hands America” Coalition to help re-ignite the collaborative efforts of everyone invested in promoting the benefits hand hygiene has on health and wellness.

Let’s re-create the “healthiest year” this country has seen, referring to the 2009-2010 Pandemic year, in which very few schools closed down due to illness. The big box stores could not keep soap, sanitizer, wipes and paper towels on the shelves and sold very little cold and flu medications that year, due to the lack of Respiratory Infections.

We need YOUR help promoting ICHW 2015 throughout your community by downloading posters, emailing posters and talking to others about the importance in maintaining your health and wellness.

Is YOUR organization talking about how “Clean hands prevent disease save lives” during this upcoming week?

If not, why? Do not be afraid to help others!

It comes at such an auspicious time with the outbreak of Enterorvirus D68 (EV-D68), Norovirus, MRSA, MERS & even Ebola!

We would like to empower you, your business, your school, or your organization to Join “Clean Hands America” Coalition today!

Please visit the Posters and Coloring Books page and share with many!

Remember many students will work in healthcare and food service industries in their future! So let’s train them to be “Hand Aware”! We are confident that soon you will be seeing many infections being brought into the classroom to be shared with others!

So let’s get started with Clean Hands America!!

Infection Prevention is EVERYONE’S business!!

Thank you for helping to “spread the word not the germs”!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Don’t let Germs ruin YOUR Memorial Day Picnic!

Yes, GERMS are EVERYWHERE! Don’t let them ruin your Memorial Day weekend! Make sure that YOU include the tools in your picnic baskets to reduce Germs and ensure YOUR guests stay healthy!

Make sure your cooks and guests handwash BEFORE cooking and eating! If you don’t have any running water MAKE SURE you have hand sanitizer and paper towels or hand wipes.

No handwashing stations, or running water and soap? Not a Problem! Use the next best thing: Hand Sanitizer and follow the SaniTwice® Program.


Learn more about this on our website:

Help keep your guests healthy even if you need to take Henry with you to ensure a safe and healthy cookout/picnic!

Will Sawyer, MD

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment