Harnessing the power of your brand for flu prevention.

Achoo! It starts with a sneeze. Then it’s chills and fever. Fatigue and muscle aches. A wave of nausea that makes you want to curl up and die. It’s that time of year again and the bug everyone loves to hate – influenza. But flu prevention is a great opportunity to promote your brand and good health at the same time.

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Use your brand to stop the flu cold.

Cold and flu prevention helps you make a positive impact on customers and employees alike, minimizing sick days and promoting overall well-being.  And it starts with keeping your hands germ free.

A pocket spray hand sanitizer is the perfect way to keep nasty germs and bacteria at bay. Stash it in a purse or pocket for easy use anytime you can’t get to a sink to wash your hands, whether you’re about to eat, just touched something gross like a gas pump, or just want to give your hands a quick sanitizing.

Antibacterial wet wipes are another great way your brand can join the fight. Use them regularly to wipe down your workstation, keys or phone.

And speaking of your phone, for something that you put up to your face, most people don’t do a good job of keeping theirs clean. That’s why PhoneSoap® is a great branded item. It uses ultraviolet rays to sanitize your phone, killing 99.9% of bacteria.

When it’s too late to stop the onset of the flu, consider a cold & flu disposable health kit. Stuffed with all the essentials like facial tissue, a thermometer and a Blistex® packet, it will help the already infected fight the bug more effectively and comfortably.

And of course, don’t forget a warm blanket to ward off the chills. If you have to be miserable, it’s much more comfortable with a soft, warm throw.

Here are even more great ideas on how to use your brand to help people stay healthy and fight the flu: