Protect Your People This Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu Woman Coughing

We partnered with Kimberly-Clark Professional*, a preferred supplier for HP Products, to present the content in today’s blog post.

It’s that time of year again – shorter days, cooler nights, pumpkin flavored everything, and…the flu. While many welcome the changing leaves and start of football season, one thing most people could do without is getting sick.

So whether it’s the patient, student, resident, guest or coworker, it’s time to prepare for cold and flu season to protect the people in your facility.

The Reality of Flu

First, the facts. Why is it important to prepare for and protect against the flu? Check out these yearly statistics.

Kimberly-Clark Professional Cold and Flu Graphic


  • 1 billion cases of influenza
  • 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness
  • 250,000 to 500,000 deaths

United States

  • 5-20% of the U.S. population gets the flu
  • 4 million outpatient visits
  • 3 to 49 thousand deaths

Who Should Worry About the Flu?

Everyone, because everyone is affected. Adults aged 18-64 years account for almost 60% of reported flu hospitalizations.

There are also certain individuals who are considered high-risk and should take extra precautions during flu season.

  • Those with medical conditions such as asthma, cancer, diabetes and heart disease
  • Adults 65 and older
  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than 5, but especially those younger than 2

How Should You Protect Your People?

Whoever your people are, we’ll help you provide the best care.

Stock Up Now

Once an outbreak hits, it’s often too late to stock-up on cold and flu products. These products need to be purchased in advance to help fight off the germs before they get out of control. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and peaks in January.

Start Prevention in the Washroom

Someone who is ill can potentially spread germs to others via restroom fixtures, surfaces, faucets and product dispensers.

Promote Healthier Environments

Hand washing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.

The Kimberly-Clark Professional HYGIENIFY!* wash, wipe, sanitize protocol reduces the probability of cold and flu by 80% in offices, and can reduce average hot spot germs counts by 59%.

Disinfect Surfaces

Germ hotspots are everywhere. Fingers carrying a flu virus can contaminate up to seven clean surfaces, where they can live for up to 48 hours. The flu virus was found on more than 50% of the commonly touched surfaces and on hands of about half of the employees in the office tested in as little as 4 hours. Clean common surfaces areas such as desk and doorknobs with a disinfecting spray or wipe.

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Courtney Petesch

Courtney Petesch is the Marketing Specialist for HP Products, a distributor of 50,000 facility maintenance products throughout the Midwest. Courtney has over 5 years of experience managing e-commerce product content and merchandising, overseeing social media initiatives, executing email marketing campaigns and evaluating analytics.