FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2008
Phone: (734) 913-5723
The Scrub Club Can Help Prevent the Stomach Flu
Proper handwashing – your best protection
against viral gastroenteritis
Ann Arbor, MI – Health departments across the nation have
reported a recent increase in the number of cases of the stomach flu. In fact,
according to a Fox News report released last month, emergency rooms have seen
a total of about 500 cases a day, up from the yearly average of 300.
NSF International has developed a “prescription” that can help children
in the fight against the stomach flu – scrubclub.org
There is no vaccine or cure for the stomach flu; however, one of the best preventions
against it is proper and consistent handwashing. With an interactive website
), kids can learn the
benefits of proper handwashing in a fun, easy way.
Often called the stomach flu, viral gastroenteritis is an intestinal infection
usually caused by a group of viruses known as noroviruses that result in vomiting
or diarrhea. Highly contagious, viral gastroenteritis is the second most common
illness in the United States. It causes millions of cases of diarrhea each year.
According to William Fisher, NSF Vice President, “The Scrub
Club was developed by NSF to help kids, parents and teachers get excited about
handwashing. Through interactive games and webisodes, educational activities
and handwashing songs, the website teaches proper handwashing techniques in
the fight against disease and infection, including the stomach flu.”
Handwashing Help from Scrub Club’s Soaper-Heroes
Each of the Scrub Club"soaper-heroes" represents one of the six steps
in the handwashing process - "Hot Shot"
combine to make the warm water essential for proper
turns into various forms of
becomes a clock that counts down the
required 20 seconds for proper handwashing; "Scruff"
reminds kids to clean around their nails; "Tank"
turns into a sink to rinse away the germs and "P.T."
transforms into paper towels.
Interactive games, including the one that features the evil villain “Influenza
Enzo – Stop Fluin’ Around,” teaches children how illnesses
are spread and how to prevent them. Materials, such as a Scrub Club membership
card, posters, stickers and educational materials for teachers and parents,
can also be downloaded directly from the site.
For more information about the Scrub Club, please contact Greta Houlahan at 734.913.5723, firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit scrubclub.org
. For more information
on viral gastroenteritis, visit the NSF
About NSF International:
NSF International, an independent,
not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing
standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org
Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide.
NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety
and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food
and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF
International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality
Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health