Have you ever wondered why cold and flu season lasts so long? Why don’t germs succumb to the cold of winter? To some degree they do, but if you’ve ever witnessed a green-grey fuzz monster growing in your refrigerator, you know they’re not all affected by cold temperatures. The prevalence of flus and colds in colder weather, though, is because of reduced human resistance. We are not as tough as the germs. Here are four ways to prepare your school for the upcoming flu season.
- Deep clean now…
Remove dirt, grime, dust and oils from all surfaces to prepare them for sanitizing. Sanitize as much as possible with normal janitorial services, and consider highly effective and cost efficient technologies such as electrostatic sanitization. Start the school year in a clean environment to get off on the right foot.
- …and keep it clean later!
Continued cleaning and sanitizing throughout the school year is imperative to stop the spread of influenza in its tracks. One school district discovered how electrostatic sanitization coupled with routine cleaning can not only bring a recovery from a district-wide health closure, but increase overall attendance rates! SafeHandles offers customized plans for your school or district to ensure that kids stay healthy and in the classroom.
- Educate kids and staff on ways to prevent spreading germs.
It’s important to have everyone on board. Spread the word on why sharing germs isn’t healthy and how to avoid it. Keep it fun and encourage teachers and staff to set excellent examples.
- Schedule a vaccine clinic for your staff and students on location.
Research has shown that vaccine clinics at schools do increase participation rates compared to schools where students need to get the vaccine at their doctor’s office or other clinic.During a clinical trial in New York, “whether the school was in a suburban or urban setting, having a school located influenza vaccine clinic did raise vaccine rates and…there was little difficulty getting parents to sign online consent.”
SafeHandles’ antimicrobial agents are tougher than the germs! SafeHandles’ slow-release, silver-embedded passive antimicrobial coatings are installed on surfaces such as flush handles and push plates, and are effective at killing bacteria and germs between one user and the next. When hand washing and personal hygiene fail, these coatings can protect a school from an outbreak caused by a single person. Electrostatic sanitization is extremely effective at clearing a room, school bus, gym, or other open environment of germs and bacteria, reaching surfaces that most janitorial-based applications cannot. Without antimicrobial intervention, microbes will continue to infect humans whenever and however they are transmitted. Defeat flu season with a comprehensive plan from SafeHandles!