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Tips from The Clorox Company to Help Reduce the Spread of the Flu Virus

TORONTO, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - There are several steps you can take to help avoid catching the flu and reduce the spread of viruses that can cause the flu. It's easier than you think; Clorox recommends these tips:

1. Get vaccinated

Vaccination is the first step to flu prevention. In general, all healthy people should get vaccinated. Health Canada now recommends that, in addition to other high-risk groups, all healthy children get a flu vaccination.

2. Wash your hands

Flu viruses may be spread by indirect contact. When someone sneezes onto their hand and then touches a doorknob the virus may be picked up by the next person who touches it. Regularly washing your hands is an easy way to help prevent getting sick.

3. Do the elbow cough

Since viruses can be transmitted by your bare hands, you can reduce the spread of viruses by perfecting the art of the elbow cough. When you cough, simply cover your face with your entire elbow. It's also an easy technique to teach kids.

4. Disinfect common surfaces

Viruses that cause the flu can survive on common surfaces for up to 48 hours. Don't forget to use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes that kill influenza A virus on all non-porous surfaces including phone receivers, doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls.

5. Drink water

Being well hydrated can help strengthen your immune system, keeping the flu at bay. And if you do get sick, water flushes your system, re-hydrates you and washes out the toxins.* An adult should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day. If the colour of your urine is close to clear, then you are getting enough fluids. If it's deep yellow, drink more water.


    Disinfect & Protect

If you've got a busy house, you know that spills and messes happen all the time. Clorox(R) Disinfecting Wipes are the quick and easy way to clean easily and disinfect anytime and anywhere.* Pre-moistened with cleaners and a disinfectant, these handy household wipes are ready to use. Just wipe. It takes only 30 seconds to sanitize and 10 minutes to disinfect the surface.* Toss the wipe and you're done.

    Highlights - Clorox(R) Disinfecting Wipes:

    -   Tough cleaning in a thick, textured wipe
    -   Low-streak formula for use on shiny surfaces such as glass and
    -   Effective against common bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus
        (Staph.), Salmonella enterica, and E. coli*
    -   Pre-moistened disinfecting wipes that kill 99.9% of germs including a
        virus that causes the flu (Influenza A2)*

    Disinfect these commonly touched surfaces frequently to reduce the spread
of the flu virus that can make you and your family sick:

    -   Kitchen: Countertops, Refrigerator Handles, Microwave Handles,
    -   Living Room: Door Knobs, Light Switches, TV Remote Control,
        Telephone, Kids Toys
    -   Bathroom: Toilet, Sink, Bathtub
    -   Work Area: Desktop, Stapler, Phone Receiver, Keyboard

    Tip: Use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes on household surfaces to help reduce
    the risk of spreading the flu virus*.

    * Use as directed on hard, nonporous surfaces. See label for organisms.

    CLOROX is a registered trademark of The Clorox Company.


For further information: For further information: Katherine Bower, Devon Consulting, (416) 440-8488,

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