Safety During Flu Season

Tuesday January 21, 2014

Wendy600px"Forgot to get your flu vaccine this year? Some tips to avoid getting the flu. For additional information visit www.flu.gov, a nation-wide resource for information about influenza." Wendy Light | wlight@peabodyinc.com An influenza outbreak is a serious concern in the office. You work closely and come into direct contact with others frequently, which means germs can spread easily from person to person. The best strategy for reducing your risk of becoming ill is to avoid crowded settings and other situations that increase the risk of exposure to an infected individual. Since you must work in an environment with many others, stay healthy by observing good hygiene and distancing precautions, such as the following:
  • Stay home from work when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Then, dispose of the tissue in a no-touch trash bin.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after coughing or sneezing.
  • Keep frequently touched surfaces clean, including telephones, computers and keyboards,
  • If you need to wear gloves, wash your hands after removing them.
  • Try not to use other workers’ supplies.
  • Minimize group meetings when possible—use email, phones and text messaging instead. If meetings are unavoidable, avoid close contact with others and ensure the meeting rooms are properly ventilated.
  • Limit unnecessary visitors in the workplace.
  • Avoid shaking hands and always wash your hands after physical contact with others.
In addition to following these tips, it is imperative to get a flu shot each year.