Flu season came early this year. The Centers for Disease Control anticipated this was going to be a bad flu year, and so our “spread prevention team” has been even busier than usual pushing out flu prevention and educational programs.
Efforts began in October with our annual Say Boo! to the Flu™ program. This is our eighth year to partner with the Visiting Nurse Associations of America and Families Fighting Flu to help educate families on the importance of flu vaccinations and other prevention tips. This year alone, the team hosted 113 “Boo!” vaccination events and delivered more than 8,500 flu vaccinations to families across the U.S.
There’s also our Clorox Classrooms program, which provides free curriculum, lessons plans and activities throughout the year for teaching children healthy habits at home and school. During back-to-school season, we also provide coupons that parents can use to purchase disinfecting products for the classroom.
Our mission statement as a company is to “make everyday life better, every day.” Part of living up to this mission is doing our part to help stop the spread of infection not only through our disinfecting products, but also through education and driving awareness. Whether it’s about cold and flu, allergies, general disinfecting facts or how to be on alert for MRSA, we invite you to learn more at Clorox.com.
In the meantime, some basic tips for flu prevention are:
- Wash your hands frequently – the CDC and other organizations recommend using soap and water for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”).
- Cough into your elbow and not your hands.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobial products (germs can live on surfaces for more than 72 hours).
May you have a flu-less flu season and healthy 2013.