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Fighting the flu at the office

September 20, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA — As flu season approaches, nearly 70 percent of employees admit to coming into the office while sick, a habit that may increase the spread of this common virus at the office, according to a press release.

Even with heightened preventative measures at businesses across the country, this finding from a recent survey by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples Inc., confirms that office workers continue to stick to old habits, the release stated.

According to the release, Staples Advantage is offering easy tips to help businesses and employees fight the flu at the office, including proper handwashing, being prepared with sanitizing wipes and disinfecting chemicals and utilizing technology.

"Organizations of all sizes can create effective cleaning programs to help reduce the spread of office germs," said Roger McFadden, senior scientist at Staples Advantage.

"However, individuals can also do their part to protect themselves and their co-workers from germs by encouraging respiratory etiquette, using tissues, cleaning up workspaces and washing hands properly," McFadden added.

To learn more from Staples Advantage and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about flu tips and how to prevent the spread of germs, please attend the webinar entitled, "A Healthy Dose of Expert Advice for Flu Season" on September 27 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Click here to read the complete release.