The VA Uses Star Trek For Anti-Flu Poster

There are many lessons that can be learned from Star Trek. This has now been recognized by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs who have gone to the final frontier to get out a message about how to avoid the flu.


VA wants you to live long and prosper…and wash your hands

The following is an official poster from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs as part of their ‘hand hygiene’ campaign to help people avoid catching the flu.

And the VA has another variant as well (suggesting ‘clean’ instead of ‘decontaminate’):

A TrekMovie reader clued us in to these posters after spotting them in a waiting room



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August 19, 2010 12:59 pm

I use an alcohol cleaner all the time and I love it.

The First Son of Krypton
August 19, 2010 12:59 pm

This is just… insane. I thought the back pain one was already going too far, now, I think I may be on some weird acid trip

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire
August 19, 2010 1:02 pm

Well. I do use the liqued soaps a lot and well. Im kool with it. But I do like the Posters. It is Logicle.

star trackie
August 19, 2010 1:38 pm


Need to post one of these at the workplace. We have a bunch of typhoid Mary’s at that place that just love to come to work sick as a dog.

moauvian waoul
August 19, 2010 1:42 pm

But typhoid Mary never got sick.

August 19, 2010 2:54 pm

Hmmmmm… perhaps tha’ VA can concentrate on helpin’ vets more and concentrate less on silly common sense ad campaigns.

Sorry fur’ a bit o’ negativity, but I have now and have had (yes, HAD) vets in me family that tha’ VA did bunks squat fur’ when they truly needed help. Write yer’ congressman and take some o’ that Wallstreet cash ta’ tha’ VA fur’ better quality care.

OK, sorry agains. I be a downer drowner herein. Soooooooo…

Who, besides me, doesn’t wash thar’ hands frequently in todays’ modern age wherein Andorian shingles runs rampant?


moauvian waoul
August 19, 2010 3:34 pm

Me. …er, never mind.

I am not Herbert
August 19, 2010 4:25 pm


August 19, 2010 6:41 pm

Interesting that they are promoting alcohol-based cleaner. Normal water and soap works just as well – sometimes even better.

August 20, 2010 1:01 am

Wow, just now getting to this?

I saw this in a hospital room sometime last year….

It’s still pretty funny though.

August 20, 2010 8:38 am

Awesome. I washed my hands again in honor of this poster.

August 22, 2010 1:06 pm

I use gloves.

"The Captain's Neck Is Broken"
August 23, 2010 2:46 pm

This was created internally for the VA, it’s not from the CDC. I seriously doubt they would have intened it for a public campaign.

"The Captain's Neck Is Broken"
August 23, 2010 2:58 pm

to #9: It saves time.( as#6 points out, we have limited resources) Washing your hands takes between 30-60 seconds(wash properly and dry), plus add how hard it is on your skin to wash your hands literally a hundred or more times a day. You can use the alcohol based product and go to your next patient in about 5 seconds, it also has skin conditioners to prevent your hands from drying out .

August 30, 2010 7:01 am

Looks like these posters have been removed.