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To prevent the flu, practice proper hygiene

October 25, 2011
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CINCINNATI — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 13 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu every year with active flu seasons seeing closer to 20 percent, or more than 62 million Americans, according to a press release.

In order to promote cleanliness and help prevent the flu, Cintas Corporation has issued a list of tips for proper handwashing to serve as a reminder of the importance of proper hand sanitation, the release stated.

According to the release, a handwashing program can significantly reduce illness and absenteeism from work and school — by as much as 26 percent — according to a study recently released by the American Journal of Infection Control.

"Handwashing is a vital first step in preventing the spread of infection," said Mike Thompson, senior vice president of Cintas Facility Services.

"Schools and businesses can harbor bacteria that result in the outbreak of common illnesses such as colds or the flu. To limit absenteeism and keep building occupants productive and healthy, we can all benefit from a proper handwashing program," Thompson added.

Tips for proper handwashing include:

• Knowing when to wash
• Using soap and warm water
• Rubbing hands together for at least 20 seconds
• Drying hands
• Washing and sanitizing.

For more detailed information on each tip, click here.

Click here to read the complete release.

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