American Family Care declares war on the flu


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American Family Care (AFC), a leading provider of urgent care and accessible primary care, has launched a national campaign to promote flu prevention in the U.S.

The company has declared Nov. 16-22 as “National Flu Prevention Week,” during which time flu vaccinations will be offered at little or no cost to new and existing patients visiting AFC clinics.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates influenza is responsible for between 250,000 and 500,000 deaths globally every year. Medical experts agree that one of the keys to reducing these preventable deaths is vaccination.

In addition to providing low-cost or no-cost flu shots at their clinics, AFC has also established guidelines for employers to mitigate the risk of flu in the workplace.

To assist in deploying flu prevention measures in the workplace, AFC has established a hotline specifically for employers to curtail the spread of colds and flu in the weeks and months ahead. Employers are asked to call 205-271-5037 Monday through Friday, 8am-6pm CST. While supplies last, AFC is also making available workplace readiness kits, which contain items essential to reducing the spread of the influenza virus. These kits include the following:

  • Paper towels: Recent studies show 12% of surfaces that looked clean were contaminated, mainly because sponges and cleaning cloths were full of bacteria from a previous wipe up. Discarding sponges and using paper towels can help toward that end.
  • Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfectant Spray: Especially during the cold and flu season, cleaning crews should use this spray to treat doorknobs, handles, light switches, phones, computer mousses, railings, elevator buttons and escalator rails. Viruses can live up to 48 hours on plastic and stainless steel surfaces.
  • Hand sanitizer: Studies find microbes transferred from workers hands and then transferred to keyboards, phones and desks may harbor 400 times more germs than the average toilet seat because they're rarely cleaned.
  • Pens galore: Employees should have their own stock pile of pens so they don't have to share with colleagues. Pens carry a ton of germs that are easily transferred when shared.
  • Hand sanitizer wipes: Employees should have a pack on their desks, whether to clean their hands or public surfaces.
  • Flu prevention checklist.

For more information on National Flu Prevention Week and how to obtain flu vaccinations at little or no cost at participating AFC clinics visit www.NationalFluPreventionWeek.com.