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Monday, August 24, 2009

St. Louis Schools Opt For Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizers

Source: South County Times

District Takes Steps To Ward Off Influenza

August 21, 2009

In an effort to better guard against influenza outbreaks, the Lindbergh School District has installed hand sanitizer dispensers in every district classroom.

In addition to classrooms, dispensers have been installed in nurse's offices, cafeteria areas and office areas. The sanitizer is a non-flammable, alcohol-free product that has a 99.99 percentage reduction of H1N1 and other virus germs when exposed to an area for 15 seconds.

While hand sanitizer is an effective tool in reducing the spread of germs, Lindbergh lead nurse Deborah Artman cautions that it should be used only as a supplement to good hand-washing.

"Hand-washing is the easiest and most effective way to keep germs from spreading," Artman said. "We are reminding students, teachers and staff to wash their hands often and cover their mouths and noses when sneezing and coughing."

Reminders about proper hand washing will be posted in restrooms and classrooms, and teachers will provide instruction to students with specific lessons about flu safety.

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