Help Keep Students’
The Need for
Cold & Flu
Back-to-school means more exposure to germs
for your kids. And since they bring germs home
from school, the entire family is at risk. In fact,
80% of parents missed work because of a sick
child last year.
Fortunately, some Clorox® disinfecting products
are effective against the Influenza A virus,
including 2009 H1N1.*
* The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes, based on available scientific information, that the currently registered Influenza A virus products will
be effective against the 2009 H1N1 flu strain and other Influenza A strains on hard, nonporous surfaces.
Tips, Tricks and a Little Quiz
• Kitchen sponges are the germiest objects
you’ll ever touch.
1 A good way to sterilize
them is with bleach.
2 Add a teaspoon of
bleach to a cup of water and soak sponges
for five minutes.
• Give kids their own school supplies to
help minimize the spread of germs
caused by sharing germy cups, crayons,
• Hang jackets and backpacks on hooks to
keep them off the floor, where bacteria
may be found.
1 University of Arizona microbiologist Charles Gerba, Ph.D.
2 Good Housekeeping Research Institute
Which typically has more germs, a
cafeteria tray or a toilet seat?
More germs are spread by
a) coughs b) sneezes c) hand contact
How long can bacteria and viruses
live on school surfaces?
1. A re c e nt te st c o n d u cte d b y N S F Intern atio n alre v e ale d th at a c afeteria
tray had m ore than 10 tim es as m any ger m s ( 3 3, 8 0 0 bacterialcells
perinch2)than atoiletseat( 3, 2 0 0 perinch2).
8 0 ofinfections are spread by hand contact,accordingto
C harles P. G erba,Ph.D., U niversity of Arizona, Tucson.
3.Fro m about20 minutes uptotw o hoursor m ore(Ansari,1988;
Scottand Bloo m field,1989).
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