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Top Tips To Combat Surge In Influenza

Media Statement August 18, 2011

Top Tips From One Of NZ’s Most Trusted Brands To Combat Surge In Influenza

As a number of DHBs report a surge in influenza cases, one of our most trusted brands, Dettol, is advising individuals, families and workplaces to take special care in protecting themselves during this cold weather.

Dettol says that good hygiene can help stop the spread of germs, and believes such measures are especially important as the country comes out of its most severe cold snap in decades.

“Reports from our DHBs confirm that we are at the point of the year when people are most susceptible to viruses. Taking care now will spare many people the discomfort and inconvenience of the flu, ” says Dettol Brand Manager Narissa Harvey.

Cold and flu viruses are most commonly spread by contact with those with the flu, even though their symptoms might not yet be evident, germs can still be spread on surfaces

Dettol’s top tip for personal protection is washing your hands with soap and water. If this is not readily available, use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser to help kill the germs on your hands is recommended.

After that, the most important action that can be taken is cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that are frequently touched by others including door handles, taps and bench tops.

“Staying away from those who have the flu may not be too hard, but avoiding surfaces they may have touched, which may transfer the virus, is much more difficult,” Ms Harvey says.”

Top Tips for dodging germs from Dettol, Voted one of NZs Most Trusted Brands in 2011:

• Wash your hands with soap and water

• If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser to help kill the germs on your hands.

• Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly, especially the surfaces that people often touch with their hands, eg: door handles, taps and bench tops.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

Most Trusted

In the 2011 Survey of Most Trusted Brands Dettol was awarded the most trusted cleaning products brand. New Zealand consumers have trusted Dettol for more than 75 years to help protect their families. This award is a testament that Dettol is living up to its core values in the eyes of New Zealand consumers. For more information about Reader’s Digest New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brands, go to:


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