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This year's flu season has already been the most widespread on record since health officials began keeping track 13 years ago. Because of this it is very important to make sure that you are protecting yourself against the virus to the best of your ability and know about this virus in general.
The Flu virus is capable of being transferred to hands and causing an infection that can survive on hard surfaces for 24 hours. Infectious flu viruses can survive on tissues for only 15 minutes. Like cold viruses, infectious flu viruses survive for much shorter periods on the hands.
Those who are particularly hard hit are the very young, the elderly and people with certain chronic health conditions, experts say.
Routine cleaning of surfaces may reduce the spread of the flu as virus can live on some surfaces for up to 24 hours. The flu virus is killed by heat above 167 degrees Fahrenheit.
Common household cleaning products that contain the following can also help kill the flu virus on hard surfaces:
Caregivers should handle a sick person’s tissues or other items by making sure hands are washed after touching the sick person, their laundry and also after handling any items that they may have touched.