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Hand sanitizer in schools helps prevent some cases of influenza

from Infection Control Today

A hand and respiratory hygiene program including frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer helps reduce illness caused by influenza A and missed school days in elementary school children, reports a study in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. "Respiratory hygiene education and the regular use of hand sanitizer can be an important adjunct to influenza vaccination programs to reduce the number of influenza A infections among children," according to the study by Dr. Samuel Stebbins of the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues. more

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