Men in suits stand next to hand sanitizer station

San Diego-based WAXIE Sanitary Supply, along with the City of San Diego and its partners, stepped up to nip this year’s flu season in the bud. Along with Akron, Ohio-based GOJO Industries, the makers of Purell Hand Sanitizer, WAXIE Sanitary Supply and the City of San Diego announced the placement of hand sanitizer stations at 57 of the city’s recreation centers and 36 public libraries on Oct. 10, 2018.

Rick Hazard, vice president of marketing for WAXIE Sanitary Supply and Keith Schneringer, director of channel marketing and sustainability for WAXIE, joined City of San Diego Councilmember Mark Kersey, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and other city representatives to celebrate the accomplishment.

“It is our pleasure to join the Mayor, Councilman Kersey, and our community leaders to support how clean hands save lives,” says Hazard. “Keeping hands cleaned and sanitized is one of the most important steps a person can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.”

The move follows last season’s historically deadly flu season during which 342 people died due to flu-related complications, the highest death total since 1988, when the County of San Diego started tracking flu deaths.

San Diego City Councilman Kersey, who lost his brother to the flu in 2014, wrote in an op-ed for the “San Diego Union-Tribune” that this was an “opportunity to turn tragedy into action.”

In addition to the hand sanitizing stations already placed, the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association donated 200 hand sanitizers to be placed at local restaurants. Their goal is to cover 1,000 locations this flu season.

Hand washing is the best way to reduce the number of germs on hands and prevent the spread of infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers — like Purell — can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands. 

WAXIE Sanitary Supply is proud to have helped spearhead efforts to stop the spread of the flu in San Diego for this season and the years to come.