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Killing Flu Germs: What Works?

Will disinfectants help prevent flu in your family?

Keeping Perspective About the Flu

If you want to, you can spray your telephones with disinfectant and scrub your keyboards with bleach-soaked cotton swabs every day of flu season.  But don’t get so focused on disinfecting surfaces that you neglect the three most important things you can do to keep flu germs out of your life.

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough, preferably with something other than your hand.
  • Get the flu vaccine every year.

Everything else is optional, flu experts say.

Reviewed on October 18, 2007

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