Protect Yourself From the Flu

The CDC is reporting an especially virulent and severe flu this season. The travel, stress and activity of the holidays can weaken your immune system as well as provide a perfect opportunity for germ spreading.  Many people don’t take the flu seriously, but remember it kills thousands and sickens millions each year, but it can be prevented.  So keep these tips in mind as you prepare to return to the office after the holidays.

Ways you can prevent getting the flu:

  1. Get the flu shot: The most effective defense against the flu is the flu shot. While they are usually a must for those who are most vulnerable (the young, the old and those with compromised immune systems), getting the flu shot can not only keep you healthy, but your loved ones healthy as well.  The flu shot is safe, effective and easily available through your doctor or pharmacy.
  2. Wash your hands often: This should be a no brainer.  It sounds so simple, but soap and water are the constant companions of doctors and nurses. To completely get rid of viruses from your skin, you need to scrub hard for 20 seconds or more. A good way to time yourself is to sing “Happy Birthday” twice while scrubbing the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. It doesn’t matter if the water’s hot or cold — the very act of scrubbing will physically remove the germs. If a sink isn’t readily accessible invest in an alcohol based hand sanitizer and use it after each time you come into contact with someone.
  3. Sanitize your environment- Germy fingers touch plenty of surfaces in your home and work. Wipe down phones, keyboards, doorknobs, sinks with Lysol or any common household disinfectant especially in the bathroom and kitchen!
  4. Eat Well & Stay Rested- Keep your immune system in tip top shape, eat healthy and get plenty of rest.
  5. If you are sick, stay home!- If your employees are sick, make them stay home.  One sick person can infect many more.