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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:35 am, Tue May 27, 2014.

(BPT) - Cold and flu season can last as long as May, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and since Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, where air is up to five times more polluted than it is outside (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), special care should be taken to ensure the home and office does not become a breeding ground for seasonal illness.

According to the American Lung Association, the air in your home contains pollutants like germs and viruses – leading causes of cold and flu. What’s more is that the flu can spread to people up to 6 feet away without a sneeze or cough to propel it (CDC). These viruses stay suspended in the air for hours before landing on surfaces where they can live up to 24 hours (LiveScience.com, U.K. National Health System).

While you’re enjoying the early days of spring, don’t forget about cold and flu prevention. Follow a four step process to keep sickness at bay:

1. Ask about a flu shot

2. Wash and sanitize hands regularly

3. Wipe down surfaces with powerful disinfectants

4. Purify the air indoors

With new products on the market this year, purifying the air indoors can be easier than you think. New Fellowes AeraMax air purifiers are extremely effective at removing influenza and cold viruses from indoor air. In fact, these powerful machines remove 99.97 percent of airborne particles including dust, mold, pollen, ragweed, pet dander and cigarette smoke in addition to viruses and germs.

Cold and flu season doesn’t have to mean your family will get sick. Go beyond hand washing to take extra steps to ensure your family remains happy and healthy. Visit www.fellowes.com for more information.

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