The Sneezesafe® program has been running in Australian schools since 2011. Developed by Australian teachers for Australian schools with the support of Kleenex® Tissues, Sneezesafe® builds on the Australian Curriculum learning standards for health and wellbeing. The program also supports Australian Government guidelines relating to the control of viruses causing influenza and the common cold.
The Sneezesafe® program is an educational health program designed and developed for Australian classrooms and has been running in schools since 2011. By registering, teachers can receive resources to teach children how to prevent the spread of coughs, colds and flu whether at school or home.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Throw away tissue immediately after use.
Wash your hands with soap and water or a liquid sanitiser
Teachers participating in past years have found that the resource material provided is relevant, engaging and teaches important and specific personal hygiene and self-management skills. The major focus of the program is on promoting good respiratory hygiene as a way to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria in the classroom and at home. Using tissues correctly is a habit that can counteract the spread of viruses and bacteria.
Tissues should be used in the following ways:
• For blowing a runny nose (not wiping)
• For covering the nose and mouth when sneezing
• For covering the mouth when coughing
It is also very important that used tissues are thrown away immediately and hands washed, or the virus could still be spread by touch. Tissues are more hygienic than handkerchiefs and should be carried at all times by people who have a virus.
Highlight the importance of correct hygiene and tissue use to help prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.
Encourage children to understand and use a simple 1-2-3 process, in line with Australian Department of Health guidelines for respiratory and hand hygiene.
Provides free, engaging and relevant online learning resources which support Australian education curriculum standards for health and wellbeing of individual states.
Reinforce classroom learning at home, with information for parents to encourage good respiratory hygiene in the home.