Flu is contagious and can be a serious health threat for persons whose age or certain health conditions present additional risks.
While there are a number of things high risk individuals can do to avoid getting sick, a few are highly recommended by the Center for Disease Control as steps everyone should take.
- Get immunized. Everyone over six months of age, and especially those in the high risk group, should get the vaccine. High risk individuals include young children, pregnant women, those over 65 years old, and people with chronic health conditions.
- Take everyday preventive measures. Avoid contact with sick people. If you’re sick, stay home; wash your hands often; don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth; disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated with flu germs; and use a tissue, not your hands, to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- If your doctor prescribes antiviral drugs, take them. They work best if started within two days of getting sick.
Hand Washing 101
You do it a dozen times a day, but are you doing it correctly? Try these tips to help avoid getting sick or spreading flu germs.
- Use clean, running water and plain soap. (Currently the CDC’s studies find no advantage to using antibacterial soaps, and these types of soaps may contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics.)1
- Make a lather by rubbing your hands together. Be sure to scrub between fingers, under nails, and the backs of your hands.
- Scrub for at least 20 seconds (hum “Happy Birthday” twice).
- Rinse well.
- Dry with a clean towel or air dry.
Working these flu prevention tactics into your routine can help protect you, your family, friends, and co-workers. For more information, visit http://www.flu.gov/.
Published Date:August 30, 2018
Categories: Risk Management - General