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Protecting You and Your Family From the Flu This Winter

Winter is back with a vengeance in many parts of the USA this year, with record low temperatures and unusually severe weather affecting many areas throughout the country. As expected, the onset of severe weather has brought with it the start of the cold and flu season. The flu is of particular concern this year as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has elevated the status of this year's flu situation to "epidemic". This elevated classification was reached during the second week of January, when influenza accounted for 7.5% of the total deaths in the US (enough to cross the CDC's epidemic threshold of 7.2%).

So what can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones from illness? Here are some of the most common and effective steps you can take to protect yourself:

Flu Shot - flu shots are recommend this year for anyone over 6 months of age, and especially those who are elderly or have immune deficiencies. While flu shots are beneficiary, you should always consult your primary doctor before receiving one. The flu shot is a great first step toward protecting yourself, however it is not a guarantee. Flu vaccinations typically contain only 3 strains of the flu, which experts predict before the flu season even starts, will be the most prevalent. There are over 10 identified subtypes of just influenza currently known to affect humans. While flu shots are a great start, they by no means assure you a flu free year.

Hand Washing - one of the best, and sadly most often overlooked ways to prevent many illnesses is proper hand washing. Taking the extra time to wash your hands more frequently this winter could ensure you and your loved ones will stay healthy. When soap and water are not readily available, instant hand sanitizers are an excellent alternative. To prevent over drying of skin during the already harsh winter season, an alcohol free hand sanitizer is ideal. Most health professionals recommend Saniguard Instand Hand Sanitizer.

Proper cleaning - many of the products we use to clean are designed to have a 10 minute dwell time. For these products to truly disinfect a surface, they must be left wet on a surface for 10 minutes. In real world practice however, this is rarely done. The surface is wiped or dried long before the required 10 minutes is up. Many areas that are responsible for the spread of germs such as door handles, light switches, etc are often overlooked completely; and cell phones, computers and tablets are rarely if ever cleaned at all for fear of damage.

Using a Dry on Contact Sanitizer and especially a Total Release Fogger can dramatically improve your chances of beating the flu. Foggers hit overlooked areas that were missed due to human error or lack of being able to reach an area, and Dry on Contact products such as SaniGuard can be used to hit frequent hot spots and to clean sensitive electronics without damaging them.

Beating the cold and flu this season is much easier when armed with some basic knowledge. Stay vigilant in your hand washing practices, get a flu shot if advised by your doctor, and learn more about the cutting edge sanitation products that can help protect you and your loved ones. Visit ER Distributing for "The Next Level Of Clean"! ( http://www.erdistributing.com )