We are currently in the peek of cold and flu season, and this week’s polar vortex is just piling on even more of the horrors that come along with winter. Even here in Florida the temps went from the 80’s down to the 30’s at night, and as of tomorrow it’s starting to go back up and we’re expecting the 70’s and 80’s in just a day or two. Talk about the perfect weather to bring on colds and sickness. But with the help of Lysol, I’m working towards one less sick day, especially for my kids.
~I received samples to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase, at no additional cost to you.~
Did you know that more than 38 million school days are missed each year because of the flu? (source: CDC: National Center for Health Statistics) Last year, the cold and flu season hit as hard as ever, with a record breaking 900,000 hospitalizations and 80,000 flu-related deaths. (source: National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Report, 2018) These numbers are insane!
It should be no surprise that missing even one day of school can make a big difference in a child’s educational progress. When I missed a day of school, I swear it always seemed to be the day we started something new, so of course I’d be behind. Not only that, but when a child misses a day of school, it’s difficult on the parent(s) too – missing work, which means there may be financial consequences, and the emotional toll it can take too. I hate seeing my kids sick and would always rather be sick in their place.
The title of this post is “Working Towards One Less Sick Day with Lysol,” so Lysol has to come up at some point, right? But before I get too into what Lysol has up it’s sleeve, I want to tell you a little story related to the flu. It will really put things into perspective for you as it relates to the flu. I’ll be quick.
Last year’s cold and flu season hit way too close to home. My son attended a school that had what was called a kindergarten center. It was basically a section of the school that was dedicated to kindergarten classes and had 20+ classrooms filled with all the kindergartners in the immediate and surrounding areas.
One day my son came home with a flyer from the school, which was nothing unusual, other than it was explaining to parents that one of the children attending the kindergarten center had died from the flu.
As this sank in, my heart began racing. I worried for the health of my son. I wondered was this a student that my son had close contact with? Possibly a classmate? Had he touched the same door handle that this other student had, or anything in the facility that the student had access to? My son didn’t have any flu symptoms, but this flyer still raised some concern.
Immediately after that I couldn’t help but sympathize with the child’s parents. I can’t even imagine losing a child at just 5 or 6 year’s old. At that age, life is really just beginning. I put myself in the other mom’s shoes and I broke down crying right there in my living room.
It was at this point that I really got serious with flu prevention because I was determined to not let the same thing happen to my family. Nothing is guaranteed, even with prevention, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. And dangit, I’m going to do everything I can to prevent anyone in my house from getting the flu. And you know what? So is Lysol.
Here it is! – Lysol has teamed up with some great companies and people to bring us their “One Less Sick Day” initiative. The program is all about educating parents, students, and teachers across the country about cold and flu prevention (like using Lysol sanitizing products), with the goal of protecting students against germs and reducing the number of sick days this school year.
Lysol products help keep families healthy by killing 99.9% of viruses and bacteria (on hard surfaces) that cause over 100 illnesses, including Rhinovirus, the leading cause of the common cold. Frequently spraying Lysol Disinfectant Spray on hard, commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs,
sink faucets, toilet seats, remote controllers, keyboards and phones, as well as on fabric and in the air, can help prevent the spread of bacteria.
Lysol is encouraging families and teachers to utilize the Lysol Health Habits program, which provides fun, educational materials for kids to help them build illness prevention habits that help reduce illness-related absenteeism. On top of that, Lysol has partnered with Kinsa, maker of the first FDA-cleared smart thermometer, and will be equipping more than 10,000 schools across the country with Kinsa smart thermometers and Lysol sanitizing products to help protect against viruses and bacteria.
But cold and flu prevention starts at home. If you can’t feel safe at home, where can you? That’s why I’m using Lysol Disinfecting Spray and Wipes, along with hand sanitizer and regular hand washing, to help prevent those nasty germs and viruses from doing any damage to my family.
After what happened at my son’s school last year, I also thought it was necessary to reach out to his teacher this year to ask about cold and flu prevention in the classroom. She told me stories from school years past. Stories of half of her class being out because of illness and then her staying home for a week because of the same. And while I wish the flu on no one, her own experiences have made her more aware of cold and flu prevention in the classroom. I was happy to hear that she also implements some of the same prevention I use at home, with having her students wipe down their desks each day with Lysol Disinfecting Wipes and making use of sanitizer and hand washing a regular task.
So, if helping to prevent the cold and flu can be as simple as incorporating Lysol sanitizing products into your regular cleaning routine, why not do it? You could be giving your child one less sick day from school and possibly even saving a life.
How do you help to prevent the cold and flu in your home?
Connect with Lysol: Lysol Healthy Classroom | Facebook | Pinterest | YouTube
*I received samples to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.