Protect Yourself During Flu Season

Protect Yourself During Flu Season

How to Stay Healthy

  • Get vaccinatedGet vaccinated! Vaccination is the most important way to prevent the spread of the Every year a new strain is introduced with a specific vaccination which means you need a shot every year to be protected.
  • Stay at home if you are sick. The CDC recommends that workers who have a fever and respiratory symptoms stay at home until 24 hours after their fever ends (100 degrees Fahrenheit or lower), without the use of medication. Not everyone who has the flu will have a fever. Other symptoms could include a runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting. Avoid “Presentee-ism” – get your rest and you will recover sooner.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Use soap and warm water for 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes. You will spread the germs from surfaces to your susceptible receptors.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue or handkerchief and cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve(s). Throw tissues into a “no-touch” trash bin, restroom receptacle, or your personal trash can.
  • Clean your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.Wash Hands
    • When using soap and water, rub soapy hands together for at least 20 seconds, rinse hands with water, and dry.
    • If soap and water are not available, use of an alcohol-based hand rub is a helpful interim measure until hand washing is When using an alcohol-based hand rub, apply the liquid to the palm of your hand, cover all surfaces of the hands with the liquid, and rub hands together until dry.
  • Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean. Items such as telephones, computer equipment, and copier are touched by many. Try not to use a coworker’s phone, desk, office, computer, or other work tools and equipment. If you must use an ill coworker’s equipment, consider cleaning it first with a disinfectant.
  • Avoid shaking hands. Politely avoid hand contact if you are ill or coming in close contact with coworkers and others who may be ill if you are not.
  • Stay in shape. Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Get plenty of rest, exercise, and relaxation. Dehydration lends us susceptible to
Be considerate and keep hygiene mind during the cold and flu season.

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