Have You Prepared Your Customers for This Year’s Agressive Flu Strain?

The flu is no joke- every year during flu season thousands of people across the country miss work, lose pay, visit the doctor, and some are even hospitalized or die on account of a pesky little virus. According to the CDC website, this year’s strain of swine flu, called H3N2v, has the CDC concerned for several reasons:

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Flu prevention is less costly than flu remedies.

First, infections with influenza viruses (including variant viruses like H3N2v) can sometimes cause severe disease, even in healthy people. This can include complications (like pneumonia), which can require hospitalization, and sometimes result in death.

Second, this virus seems to spread more easily to humans from pigs than other swine influenza viruses.

Third, influenza viruses are always changing. It’s possible the H3N2v virus could change and begin spreading easily from person to person.

Fourth, studies conducted by CDC have indicated that children younger than 10 years old have little to no immunity against H3N2v virus. (Adults might have more immunity, perhaps because they might have been exposed to similar viruses in their longer lifetimes.)

The CDC warns that this year’s flu shot does not prevent H3N2v– and while there are treatments available, including anti-viral drugs such as oseltamivir and zanamivir, the costs associated with contracting H3N2v are sure to be a strain on your health as well as your wallet. Seasonal flu (H3N2) as well as H3N2v can be an unnecessary expense this time of year, and one that can be easily avoided by practicing proper preventative techniques. From the CDC website:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

There is also this form available for download that outlines general everyday flu prevention tips from the CDC. At RJ Schinner we understand the need for prevention, as well as the importance of cleanliness and disinfection this time of year and year-round. In public places such as offices, restaurants, lodging, schools, and medical facilities, the constant flow of traffic makes the spread of germs more likely, increasing the importance of proper sanitation and disinfection.The following products are guaranteed to be effective against this year’s H3N2 flu strain, with kill times of less than 10 minutes:

  • Clorox Germicidal Bleach
  • Clorox Clean Up Disinfecting Spray or Wipes
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Fresh or Lemon Scent
  • Lysol Fresh Scent Disinfectant
  • Lysol Disinfecting Wipes
  • Lysol All-Purpose 4-in-1 Cleaner
  • Lysol IC Disinfectant Spray w/Accusol Sprayer
  • Lysol Foam Disinfectant Aerosol
  • Lysol Foam Disinfectant
  • GOJO Purell Hand Sanitizer

A complete list of these products, including kill times and product numbers, can be downloaded here. Customizable versions of this flyer can also be created upon request for use with your customers by e-mailing the RJ Schinner marketing department at skroha@rjschinner.com. Remember, prevention is key this flu season- and it comes at a much lower price than contracting and treating the flu.

© Copyright Amy Ullsperger, All rights Reserved. Written For: DSR Sales Support Blog

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