Hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) occurs all year round with outbreaks commonly happening in childcare centres and schools. To reduce the transmission in your centre, you can implement the following preventive measures:
Place hand sanitizers in common areas and outside classrooms and ensure children sanitize their hands before entering class or any common areas. For a list of hand sanitizers, click here.
Sanitize surfaces to reduce the risks of cross-contamination. Clean and sanitize common areas, frequently touched surfaces and any objects that may be contaminated such as toys, eating utensils, etc. For a list of disinfectant cleaner click here.
For a list of recommended products for education centre, click here
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ncdc. 2016. Guidelines for Hand Foot and Mouth Disease HFMD. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncdc.gov.in/hand_foot_mouth.pdf.
CDC. 2015. Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD). [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/prevention-treatment.html.
Health Promotion Board. 2015. Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease: Prevention and Protection. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/dandc-article/792.