5 Easy Ways to Keep Flu Away
Noticing early signs of colds and flu in the workplace? Wondering about the best way to avoid getting sick this year?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tell us that the single best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three influenza viruses that are most likely to be common in a given year.
After your flu shot, continue protecting yourself by becoming a personal germ warrior:
- Wash, wash, wash your hands.
Wash your hands after you use the restroom, before you eat, after you’re near someone who’s sick, and – because cold and flu linger on surfaces and are contagious before they’re noticeable – wash hands frequently throughout the day during cold and flu season.
- Sick coworkers? Avoid them like the plague.
Avoid close contact with others who are sick, and if you’re sick, return the favor and keep your distance.
- Cover your mouth.
Use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and then throw the tissue away.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
Flu can be spread by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose. Adults touch their faces on average 18.5 times per hour. That’s great news for opportunistic viruses but bad news for you. Break this habit.
- Disinfect germ hot spots.
Items that get touched often, including doorknobs, telephones, microwave keypads, desktops and light switches, tend to harbor the most germs. Use disinfecting wipes or spray to kill and remove germs from the surfaces and objects from germ hot spots.
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