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What Can You Do to Avoid the Flu?

                      What Can You Do to Avoid the Flu?

Get a flu shot and remember to wash, wipe and sanitize; Study finds these
three steps can reduce chance of cold or flu infections by up to 80 percent

PR Newswire

ROSWELL, Ga., Jan. 17, 2013

ROSWELL, Ga., Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This year's flu season has now
been declared an epidemic, with a particularly dangerous strain that has
hospitalized more than 3,700 people, according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC).

There are a number of steps people can take – at work, at home and at school –
to help reduce their chances of getting the flu.

"Chief among them is getting a flu shot," said Kelly Arehart, Ph.D., Global
Innovation Manager for The Healthy Workplace Project, Kimberly-Clark
Professional. "But even people who get vaccinated can still get sick. There
are additional precautions people should take to keep themselves and the
people they spend the most time with healthy, such as adopting a simple
three-step 'wash, wipe, sanitize' protocol."

Arehart offers the following five flu-prevention tips:

1.Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces – Viruses on surfaces like
sink faucets and door handles can spread rapidly, especially in public places
such as offices and schools. Cleaning surfaces with disinfecting wipes can
reduce surface contamination on these germ "hot spots." Facilities that
provide these and other tools to employees, teachers and students can make a
difference. A recent study for The Healthy Workplace Project by Dr. Charles
Gerba of the University of Arizona found that implementing the program's
"wash, wipe, sanitize" protocol in the workplace reduces the probability of
catching the flu or common cold by 80 percent. It can also reduce the number
of surfaces contaminated by viruses by 62 percent. Another study of elementary
schools found that when students were provided with the tools and knowledge
necessary to break the chain of germ transmission in the classroom,
contamination levels were significantly reduced throughout the entire school.
The Healthy Workplace Project isa Kimberly-Clark Professional program that
gets employees actively involved in helping to reduce the spread of cold and
flu germs throughout the office. The Healthy Schools Project is a similar
program for schools.

2.Wash hands often – especially before eating, after using the restroom and
after being outside. Use soap and warm water for 20 seconds. It is also
important to dry your hands with a clean, fresh towel. Use instant hand
sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

3.Take steps to prevent the spread of germs – Cover your nose and mouth with
a tissue when you sneeze and then throw the tissue away. Try to use an
anti-viral tissue, since some cold and flu viruses can live up to 24 hours on
regular tissues.

4.Cough or sneeze into your elbow – This will also help prevent the spread of
germs since one sneeze can spray up to 3,000 infectious droplets into the air
at more than 100 mph. If you don't have a tissue handy, use the inner part of
your sleeve at the elbow.

5.If you get sick, stay home – If you do become sick with a flu-like illness,
the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever
is gone.

To arrange an interview with Kelly Arehart, contact kcphwp@schwartzmsl.com or
call Rachel Gross at 781-684-0770. For more information about how to reduce
germs in offices see
http://www.multivu.com/mnr/56343-kimberly-clark-study-kitchens-break-rooms-crawling-with-bacteria-germs.

For more information about The Healthy Workplace Project visit
www.healthyworkplaceproject.com. For The Healthy Schools Project, visit
www.thehealthyschoolsproject.com.

About The Healthy Workplace Project

The Healthy Workplace Project is a multi-faceted program designed by
Kimberly-Clark Professional to help companies provide their employees with a
healthier and more productive office environment. It offers a unique approach
to hand and surface hygiene that helps employees understand how germs are
transmitted to help stop their spread throughout the workplace. The program
provides educational materials in conjunction with hand and surface hygiene
products to employees, arming them with the tools and knowledge necessary to
break the cycle of germ transmission in the office. By reinforcing the
importance of the three-step protocol of "wash, wipe, sanitize" through The
Healthy Workplace Project, employers can help reduce that impact. For more
information, visit www.healthyworkplaceproject.com.

About The Healthy Schools Project

The Healthy Schools Project isa new program from Kimberly-Clark Professional
that offers a simple-to-implement curriculumwith unique materials and product
solutions designed for all education levels – with age-appropriate materials
for kindergarten to college students. Super Germ Fighters, an interactive K-5
program, empowers children to fight germs in their classrooms by delivering a
hands-on experience using kid-friendly products such as Kleenex Moisturizing
Foam Hand Sanitizer, Kleenex Anti-Viral Facial Tissue, and alcohol and
bleach-free Scott Surface Wipes, along with posters, clings and stickers to
reinforce the importance of good hand and surface hygiene habits. For more
information, visit www.thehealthyschoolsproject.com.

About Kimberly-Clark Professional

Kimberly-Clark Professional partners with businesses to create Exceptional
Workplaces. Kimberly-Clark Professional helps transform workplaces making them
safer, healthier, and more productive. Key brands in this segment include:
Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, Kimtech, and Jackson Safety. Kimberly-Clark
Professional, located in Roswell, Ga., is one of Kimberly-Clark Corporation's
four business sectors, www.kcprofessional.com.

About Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of
life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the
world's population trust K-C's brands and the solutions they provide to
enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex,
Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or
No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C
news and to learn more about the company's 140-year history of innovation,
visit www.kimberly-clark.com.

SOURCE Kimberly-Clark Professional

Website: http://www.kcprofessional.com
Contact: Rachel Gross, Schwartz MSL, +1-781-684-0770, kcphwp@schwartzmsl.com,
or Kara Herron, Kimberly-Clark Professional, +1-770-587-8049,
kara.herron@kcc.com
 
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