Winter Illness Outbreak Cold and Flu

It’s That Time of Year Again to #FightFlu

Jim Arbogast


By Jim Arbogast, Ph.D.

Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements Vice President, GOJO Industries

While the holiday season has ended, there is another season that should be top of mind for all of us – flu season.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza (or flu) viral infection activity typically begins to increase in October and November, with flu season peaking between December and March. While we made it through our holiday meals, shopping, and lots of time spent with family and friends, we should continue to be thinking about preventive measures we can all take to reduce the spread of germs that can cause illness.

The CDC recommends us to “Take Action to Prevent the Flu.”1 This approach highlights the following:

  • Take time to get a flu vaccine as soon as it is available in your community,
  • Take every day, preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and
  • Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

Let’s take a closer look at two simple preventive measures we can all take – the practice of good hand hygiene and disinfecting surfaces and objects we commonly touch.

Hand Hygiene – An Important Step in Flu Prevention
I frequently remind people that hand hygiene is one of the most important preventive measures we can all take to help us stay healthy and well. Practicing good hand hygiene, which includes either handwashing or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer at key moments, is proven to reduce the risk of infection and thereby important in keeping you and your family healthy.

Clean and Disinfect Surfaces
At work and in our homes, we all touch a wide variety of surfaces, such as doorknobs, kitchen and break room counters, office equipment, light switches, and children’s toys. Germs that can cause illness are easily transferred from one person to the next via these surfaces. This is why it is important to clean and disinfect both hard and soft surfaces frequently. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, always sanitize and disinfect food-preparation surfaces with a sanitizer and disinfectant specifically formulated to be both safe and effective for those surfaces.

For more information on preventive measures we can take this winter-germ season to #FightFlu, go to PURELL.com.


1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevent Flu. Retrieved January 7, 2019, from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/

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