In the cold, dry air of winter, the flu virus flourishes. Sniffling, sneezing, chills, fever, and aches are just a few of its most common symptoms. Certain groups of the population, such as children, expectant mothers, or the elderly, are at a higher risk for developing serious complications. More importantly, none of us want to be stuck at home struggling with the sickness. In general, the workplace can be a hotbed of germs, especially in common areas such as restrooms or breakrooms. The CDC recommends “3 Actions” to protect yourself and others from the influenza virus:
- Take time to get a flu vaccine. The CDC recommends a yearly vaccine as the first and most important step in the process. Many employers, pharmacies, or health care providers offer the flu vaccine at no to low-cost. If your employer has a health fair, suggest that it be in the fall with flu shots offered.
- Take every day preventative actions to stop the spread of germs. Take time to disinfect your personal work space. Other common suggestions are: wash hands routinely with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. These prescriptions can help ease the intensity of the flu and shorten the time you are sick.
Interaction with others during the work-week can often be unavoidable. With this comes more exposure to germs and viruses like the flu. If you are unfortunate enough to catch the flu, stay home! The CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Staying away from others is the best method in keeping them healthy and flu-free. Continue to cover coughs and sneezes and wash hands even after you return to work.
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