Another fall, another flu season. Last year’s flu season was particularly harsh, and some are predicting this season will match or exceed the severity of last year’s. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is asking everyone over the age of six months old to get inoculated against the flu.
According to the CDC, flu vaccines this year are designed to match most flu strains that are out there. However, the risk of getting the flu is still present, regardless of whether someone is inoculated or not, because there isn’t a vaccine developed against all strains. And, according to a Rice University study, these vaccines are expected to have the same reduced efficacy as last year’s flu vaccines. For those folks who opt not to get vaccinated, the risk of getting the flu this season is very real.
That may mean the potential for more absenteeism and less worker or student productivity. You can calculate the cost to your facility or educational institution with our easy-to-use Flu Calculator You’ll be astounded by the eye-opening costs in terms of lost productivity.
So, how do you combat the flu in your facility?
Focus on cleaning the Triumvirate: Hands, Surfaces and Air. First, hand washing helps to reduce the spread of germs that occur in workplaces. Consider opting for hand sanitizers to reduce that contact. Next, aggressively cleaning surfaces will greatly reduce the spread of germs; flu germs can survive for up to 24 hours, depending on the surface.
But most importantly, focus on cleaning the very air indoors. According to a study conducted by the University of Maryland school of public health, influenza germs last in the air up to several hours, and people can get sick simply by breathing in air tainted with the germs, which contradicts the thought that people contract the flu by touching infected droplets from coughs or sneezes. So, it’s time to clean the air.
Luckily, the complete line of AeraMax Professional air purifiers scrub the air of contaminants, removing up to 99.97 percent of germs—as well as bacteria, pathogens, volatile organic compounds, other viruses and odors—from indoor air, using a True HEPA hospital-type filtration system.
In fact, independent testing by airmid healthgroup in a controlled laboratory setting showed AeraMax Professional III air purifiers remove 99.9 percent of airborne H1N1 flu particles in a test chamber within 35 minutes of operation.
And, since AeraMax Professional units continually scan the air, they work tirelessly to clean air and remove harmful particles from your workspace. So, you can meet this flu season head on…and win.