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On Friday 1st July 2022 clinical commissioning groups (CCG's) across the country were closed and were replaced by new NHS organisations known as Integrated Care Boards.

Therefore, NHS East Lancashire CCG no longer exists and has been replaced (along with the othe seven CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria) by the new NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB)

Please visit the new ICB website

Keep scary germs at bay this Halloween

To help stop the spread of viruses this Halloween there are certain tricks and treats that you can learn to reduce germs spreading and ensuring you and your family stay healthy and happy.

Vanessa Morris, Infection Prevention & Control Lead Nurse at NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “Most people think that if a family member gets ill then it is just a matter of luck whether other people in the household get infected, but it is possible to protect the people you live at home with from also getting ill.”

“It is also very important to stay at home and away from parties if you are unwell to prevent those sickness bugs from being spread around.”

Keep children’s sticky hands clean - Cold and flu viruses can survive for up to 3 days on hard surfaces so, to avoid spreading these around make sure to wash yours and your little monsters’ hands regularly with soap and water. This will avoid illness at home, reducing the germs you pick up to be spread to others.

Keep ghostly germs off surfaces - Keep the surfaces in your home clean and the likelihood of germs spreading is automatically reduced. Some surfaces are often missed, like TV screens, remote controls, and phones. These surfaces are touched often, usually by multiple members of the family and not cleaned thoroughly or regularly.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth - People touch their faces on average 16 times an hour. This means that the germs on our hands can easily spider crawl into our eyes, nose and mouth making the risk higher for infections and flu. Keep those hands clean and try to be conscious of when you touch your face.

Stop sharing your treats - It is flu season, and the symptoms are not often obvious at first. It is the first few days of a cold when your germs are the most contagious. Reduce the risk of catching the flu or other nasty colds and viruses by carrying your own bottle of water with you when you leave the house, so you do not need to share.

By doing all of these you will be protecting your whole family from any scary germs this Halloween. For further information on how to prevent germs from spreading visit the NHS.UK website via: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/how-to-prevent-germs-from-spreading/