HUMAN

INFLUENZA VIRUS

 

Flu or influenza:

A contagious respiratory infection
caused by a variety of flu viruses.

Protection starts with prevention

Wash hands frequently

Washing your hands helps protect
against the spread of germs.

Nexa™ Antibacterial Foam Hand Soap
and Nexa™ Foam Hand Sanitizer

Avoid others who are sick

Limiting contact with others who
are sick helps prevent the
spread of germs.

Clean and disinfect surfaces

Cleaning and disinfecting commonly
touched surfaces helps prevent the
spread of germs.

Peroxide
Multi Surface
Cleaner and
Disinfectant

Annual flu shots

The flu vaccine is critical in helping
prevent the seasonal flu.

Cover your mouth and nose

Coughing and sneezing into your
elbow or tissue protects others.

Stay home when sick

Social distancing helps protect
others from catching your illness.

Wash hands frequently

Washing your hands helps protect against the spread of germs.


Nexa™ Antibacterial Foam Hand Soap and Nexa™ Foam Hand Sanitizer

Avoid others who are sick

Limiting contact with others who are sick helps prevent the spread of germs.

Clean and disinfect surfaces

Cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces helps prevent the spread of germs.

Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant

Annual flu shots

The flu vaccine is critical in helping prevent the seasonal flu.

Cover your mouth and nose

Coughing and sneezing into your elbow or tissue protects others.

Stay home when sick

Social distancing helps protect others from catching your illness.

The 2016-2017 influenza vaccine protects against these three flu viruses:

Everyone 6 months and older is recommended for annual flu vaccination with rare exception.

Type A

California 2009
(H1N1)-like virus

California 2009
(H1N1)-like virus

Type A

Hong Kong
(H3N2)-like Virus

Hong Kong
(H3N2)-like Virus

Type B

Brisbane 2008
Yamagata Lineage Virus

Brisbane 2008
Yamagata Lineage Virus

 

Groups most susceptible to influenza:

CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS

Children are more likely to get the flu or have flu-related complications because their immune systems are still developing.

Chronic health conditions further increase the risk of flu complications for children between 2 months and 5 years of age:

  • • Heart disease
  • • Diabetes
  • • Asthma

Children account for:

90%

OF FLU-RELATED
PEDIATRIC DEATHS WERE
NOT VACCINATED

20,000

OF FLU-RELATED
HOSPITALIZATIONS

ADULTS OVER 65

A weakened immune system makes flu a more serious problem for this group.

Chronic health conditions further
increase the risk of flu complications:

  • • Heart disease
  • • Diabetes
  • • Lung disease

65+ account for:

90%

OF FLU-RELATED
DEATHS

60%

OF FLU-RELATED
HOSPITALIZATIONS

The effects of influenza nationally:

Up to

66 million

Americans get the flu each year

Average flu season peaks over 34 years in U.S.

FEB Number
of Years
Flu Season
Peak

Approximately 

200K

 are hospitalized annually

200 million+


days of diminished productivity

Impact on workers:


  • Spends

    2.4 days

    in bed

  • Misses

    2.8 days

    of work

  • Sluggish for

    2.4 days

    upon return

Days of work absences:

0

million

Cost from flu:

$7

billion

sick days and lost productivity

The influenza A virus can survive on hard surfaces up to 48 hours or more.

Flu is spread by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.

Flu viruses enter the body through your nose, eyes and mouth.

Keep hands germ-free with frequent and thorough hand washing.

Ecolab annual germ fighting numbers:

31 billion

hands washed with Ecolab products

1.2 billion

loads of laundry

146 billion

plates disinfected

$1.7 million

in product has been donated to disaster relief

Fight the flu with a Smart Clean

Ecolab Total Hand Hygiene Program

We’ve developed a new hand hygiene system that combines bacteria-killing chemistry with technology and training, making your hand cleaning habits efficient, safe* and simple.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Solutions

We offer EPA-registered disinfectants that simplify the cleaning process — along with flexible training, tools, and innovative dispensing systems — to ensure clean, safe and healthy environments.