Flu Prevention Tips That Protect You and Your Coworkers

Flu season typically peaks between December and February, but it can last as long as May. Because the flu spreads quickly between people who work in close quarters, you really need to understand flu prevention tips as you protect yourself and your coworkers this flu season.

 

Get Vaccinated

 

The flu shot is one of the best preventative measures you can take since it combats the season's main flu virus that is expected to affect the most people. Although the vaccine's antibodies won't begin protecting you for two weeks, get yours today, and encourage your coworkers to get their flu shots, too.

 

Stay Home if You're Sick

 

Of course, your job is essential, but going to work when you're sick only infects everyone else. Stay home, focus on getting better and remind your coworkers to stay home if they're sick.


Disinfect Office Surfaces

 

Disinfectant spray and wipes will be your best friends this flu season. Use them to clean germs off your computer keyboard, printer key pad, phone, pens and pencils, doorknobs, drawer pulls and anything else you and your coworkers touch regularly.

 

Cover Your Nose and Mouth

 

Sneeze or cough into a disposable tissue to prevent your germs from spreading to others.


Wash Your Hands

 

As frequently as possible, wash your hands in hot, soapy water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wipes also kill germs, but use them only when soap and water are unavailable.

 

Don't Touch Your Face

 

Flu germs on your hands spread quickly when you touch your face, so protect yourself by keeping your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes.


Go to Bed

 

Enough rest increases your immunity and ability to fight germs. Your chances of staying healthy increases when you grab a few a few extra minutes of sleep every night.

 

Eat and Drink a Healthy Diet

 

From loading up on fruits and veggies to drinking water, your body will stay strong when you fuel it with healthy foods.

 

Are you ready to stay healthy this flu season? Follow these tips and talk to your doctor about additional ways you and your coworkers can stay healthy this year.
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