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Parents should show children why it is important to wash their hands, and really should set an example by carrying out a hand-washing routine in the home. Tell children it’s especially vital that you wash their hands after using the bathroom, after blowing or sneezing their nose, and before eating. Teach young children to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If they use hands sanitizer, they should rub it total the surfaces of their hands and fingers until their hands are dried out, Connelly said.Pretax operating earnings had been $997 million, a rise of 10.3 percent from a year ago. Aflac U.S. Total brand-new annualized premium product sales decreased .7 percent to $444 million for the quarter. For the full year, total new product sales elevated .8 percent to $1.5 billion. Persistency improved to 77.1 percent, compared with 76.2 percent this past year. DIVIDEND The plank of directors declared the first quarter money dividend. The first one fourth dividend of $.35 per share is payable on March 1, 2013, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 15, 2013. OUTLOOK Commenting on the company's fourth one fourth results, Chairman and CEO Daniel P. Amos stated: ‘We are very pleased with Aflac's financial efficiency for both the year and quarter.