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[Comment] Handwashing and community management of infections

Influenza has a strong potential to transfer from individual to individual, and encounters in everyday life play an important part in its diffusion in the population. Wherever people meet—at work, in shops, on public transport—there is the risk of transmission, suggesting that the community is the context in which protection against further spread has to be orchestrated. Vaccination, personal hygiene (including handwashing), and measures against crowding are recommended measures.1 Primary care is important in influenza vaccination because it can reach large numbers of people at high risk of influenza complications and provide them with effective protection against the virus.