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December 11, 2009

Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9356,

DHHS Flu Prevention Tip of the Week

For the Week of Dec. 14

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Flu prevention tip of the week from Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

“Flu germs can be spread by touch as well as through the air, so it’s important to routinely clean and disinfect surfaces that are high-traffic areas. Soap and water are helpful, but make sure to also use a bleach solution or other disinfectant. Surfaces to watch closely are: counters, sinks, water fountains, keyboards, desks, door handles, phones, and don’t forget children’s toys.”

For the latest flu updates and information about flu prevention, visit the DHHS Web site at Questions about the flu? Call the DHHS Flu Information Hotline from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (CT), Monday through Friday at 888-541-5668 or 402-471-2579.