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Clorox Partners With PTA to Help Parents and Teachers Prepare for Height of Flu Season
Date:1/8/2009

OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The flu season will likely hit hardest in just a few weeks, according to reports from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means now is the time for parents and teachers to take action to help reduce the spread of germs. The classroom is a key front on the battle against the spread of germs, particularly since twenty percent of the nation is currently attending or working at a school(1).

In fact, a child can touch up to 300 surfaces in 30 minutes making them a top vehicle for spreading viruses, especially influenza or the common flu(2). Because the average child spends between 30 and 40 hours a week at school(3), where germs are passed around at a rapid rate, it is vital for parents to help teachers keep classrooms cleaner and healthier.

Clorox and PTA are working to reduce the nearly 22 million school days lost annually(4) due to illness. Parents are encouraged to get involved by organizing cleaning supply stock-up events as well as disinfecting parties at their child's school. Clorox has also distributed more than 250,000 Classroom Clean Up Curriculum Kits to teachers nationwide and are working directly with moms to host classroom clean-up events in neighborhoods across the country.

Teachers Need Parents' Support

To combat germs in the classroom, more than 56 percent of teachers say they buy their own cleaning supplies in an effort to keep germs at bay during the school year, while at the same time, only 12 percent of parents make cleaning supply donations and merely 4 percent of parents say they pitch in to help disinfect the school(5). Since classrooms can harbor germs that can cause colds and flu, reducing the spread at school is key to help keep classrooms healthier during the school year. Consider the facts:

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