How to Stay Healthy in Flu Season

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Autumn is in the air but when the weather changes, I know viral illnesses such as flu and colds are also lurking and are just around the corner.

The most common reason for school and work absenteeism is a viral "cold". We call them "upper respiratory infections" and there are over a hundred different cold viruses. Influenza is also a virus and is passed from person to person in much the same way as a cold... via hands, touch, surfaces and droplets in the air from sneezing. Eighty percent of infectious illnesses are passed by touch.

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One of the cheapest and most effective sanitizers for cleaning surfaces is bleach. Master chefs know this secret and use bleach to clean their cooking surfaces. Just mix a solution of 1 part bleach with 2 parts water in a spray bottle and you are ready to kill the cold virus and other bacteria.

Parents: Most teachers have to buy their own school cleaning supplies. Give your kid's teacher a spray bottle with the bleach solution and a roll of paper towels and and she can wipe down surfaces at school. Hand sanitizers in every classroom are also helpful. Better yet, form a parents cleaning work team and volunteer to periodically help clean the classroom. Visit "Clorax Classroom" for more tips.

Protect yourself by washing your hands several times throughout the day. Keep a hand sanitizer at your desk at work and use it frequently. Use that bleach solution to wipe door knobs, light fixtures and any surface that has multiple people touching it.

A little bit of prevention may go a long way in allowing all of us to avoid the misery of a cold. Wash away!

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