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Hand Sanitizer, Caution Musts in ‘Most Important Flu Season of Our Lifetimes’

As the storm of the scariest cold and flu season in American history approaches, it’s important for all of us to remember a proven, hopeful truth: COVID-19 has a proven Kryptonite and its name is alcohol-based hand sanitizer. As America readies to fight the terrifying double-trouble tandem of COVID-19 and influenza this fall, having hand […]

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FDA Calls Purell’s Flu-Fighting Claims False

Fake news. False flu protection. That’s what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is calling the claims of the nation’s biggest hand sanitizer company. The FDA warned GoJo Industries, the parent company of Purell hand sanitizer, in January to stop claiming the products can protect people from infections and illnesses.  According to the FDA, GoJo’s […]

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Flu Roars Into Season With A Vengeance

Merciless and furious without remorse may be the best words to describe influenza’s coast-to-coast nationwide assault to open the 2019-2020 cold and flu season.  Influenza claimed 1,800 lives, caused 3.7 million flu illnesses and 32,000 hospitalizations through December 22. Thirty states are reporting widespread flu and influenza-like illness (ILI) have elevated for six straight weeks. […]

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Use Your Elbow to Help Avoid the Spread of Cold & Flu

Experts Stress Coughing into Your Sleeve the Best Way To Prevent Colds and Flu From Spreading By Clete Campbell Who knew your elbow had bionic powers to stop the flu? From when we were kids, we’ve been taught to cover our mouth when we feel a sneeze or cough coming on. Covering your mouth, any […]

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The Essential 20-Second Handwashing Rule

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Following the 20-Second Rule can be the difference between dodging a cold and sidestepping the flu this season. Observing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended 20-second timeframe for washing hands with soap and water is literally nothing to sneeze at. For during this unpredictable and anticipated fierce 2019-20 cold and flu season, […]

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Sleeping on Flu Protection Not an Option this Season

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AAP recommends kids get vaccinated by Halloween Folks, don’t blame the messenger, but the shadow of the most miserable time of the year is closing in. Although it seems the flu season just ended, health officials are warning parents that another unpredictable influenza season is looming, and recommending families get vaccinated early in the season. […]

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Flu Routs Vaccine During Rough 2018-19 Season

Our best defense against influenza needs better stopping power against the scariest name in the flu game: H3N2. That’s the unanimous verdict of health experts after the flu vaccine had another rough season fighting off the flu. The vaccine was incompletely ineffective against the powerful H3N2 strain that dominated the end of the 2018-19 flu […]

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The Lesser-Known Truths About The Flu

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Death, taxes and the flu. If there’s one certainty about Iowa winters, it’s that influenza is an ever-present threat we have to keep our guard up against, even during the mildest of Hawkeye State winters. But despite all the information available on the realities of the flu, there still many myths, old wive’s tales and […]

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