Learn About Cold & Flu

What is the Flu? Flu Facts and Remedies

It’s that time again! The time of year that everyone waits for, but no one can believe how fast it arrives. With the holiday season upon us, we’re all looking forward to spending time with our friends and loved ones, but it’s important to make sure that we keep viruses off of the invitation list.

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Lysol® arms families with the protection they need over the holidays to ensure that the only thing that you spread this year is cheer. 

Flu At A Glance


Influenza, or flu, is an illness caused by a virus transmitted through tiny droplets of moisture, created when people with flu cough, sneeze, or even talk. Since there’s no better time to catch up with everyone than over the holidays, this unfortunately means that it has plenty of opportunity to jump from person to person.  



The flu virus is very contagious, and can be spread by someone that has the flu from the day before they start to feel symptoms, up to seven days afterwards. Regardless of how careful people with the illness can be, these viruses settle and accumulate on door handles, gadgets and most importantly: kitchen surfaces. It’s a cruel joke that the flu season falls over the time of year with the best food! 



  • Cough 
  • Sore throat 
  • Muscle aches and pains 
  • Runny or stuffy nose 


Lots of people associate flu with having a fever, and whilst this can be a nasty symptom, not everyone with flu gets it, so don’t rule it out even if you don’t have this symptom yourself. 



Although most people get over the worst of the flu in a week or so, it can be very unpredictable and certain people are at greater risk of serious complications, particularly young children and the elderly. 

Help Prevent The Spread Of Flu


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The best cure is always a strong defense, so make sure that you’re well protected. Lysol® works to fight back against the flu by attacking the proteins that make up the virus. Using Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes  and Lysol® Disinfectant Spray every day, kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, to ensure that the only thing you have to worry about is the turkey. 


To help prevent the spread of flu, follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s guidelines, which recommend that you: 


  • Get a flu shot 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, scrubbing thoroughly for 20 seconds 
  • Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces** 


Whatever the holiday season brings, we hope that it’s a happy and healthy one for you and all of your family. You can help this along by following the CDCs simple advice, and making sure you take care to use © Lysol® to help keep your home virus and bacteria free. 


So, a very happy holidays from everyone at Lysol®, helping you to spread cheer, not germs. 


* For more information on CDC’s recommendations to prevent flu, please visit


** Lysol® Disinfectant Spray and Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses when used as directed on hard, nonporous surfaces. 

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