The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says getting the flu vaccine and having good habits, including cleaning, can help protect one-fifth of kids and staff. 

Reducing contamination risks

Keeping schools and workplaces sanitary — and reducing student and staff absenteeism, particularly during cold and flu season — are ongoing challenges. 

“An MIT study found one cough or sneeze can contaminate an entire room within minutes,” says Richard “Bo” Bodo, director of training at Kärcher North America, provider of efficient, resource-conserving cleaning systems.

The CDC advises regularly cleaning surfaces and items that are frequently touched. Cleaning experts agree.

“From our professional experience, we place strong emphasis on focusing on the sources with greatest contamination risk. This includes door handles, drinking fountains, locker rooms, restrooms, and lunch and break-room surfaces,” says Javier Gonzalez, CEO of Kärcher Region North America.

Kärcher offers a PS 4/7 Bp, hospital-grade misting system that’s specifically designed for use with vital oxide disinfectant that is EPA-approved. 

“Misting provides higher efficacy by improving coverage more efficiently than spray-wipe methods and wipes,” says Bodo, noting in less than a minute, the product kills 99.9 percent of bacteria including influenza, norovirus, staph, strep throat and tuberculosis. “It delivers disinfectant into hard-to-reach corners and crevices found in facilities.”

Don’t wait for the season

Schools and employers should consistently focus their cleaning programs on keeping the people that work for them and study in their schools healthy.

“Facilities can never begin too early to prepare for flu season,” says Gonzalez. “Maintaining year-round proper cleaning measures can reduce and minimize the risk of flu occurrences in your facilities.”