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Top Ten Ways to Prevent Flu at Work

Flu Season
Stay home if you are sick.

People across all 50 states are sick with the flu and the American Red Cross has ten ways people can help prevent the spread of the flu where they work.

LATEST REPORT The most recent report by The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows influenza activity remains high in the United States and the number of deaths and people who are ill is increasing. All 50 states report residents are ill with the flu and the virus is widespread across 41 states. More than 4,600 people have been hospitalized with flu complications since October.

WORKPLACE SAFETY STEPS Here are 10 steps you can take to help prevent the spread of flu where you work:

1. Get a flu vaccine. It’s the best thing you can do to help stop the spread of the flu where you work.

2. If you begin to feel sick while at work, go home as soon as possible.

3. If you are sick with fever and respiratory symptoms, stay home from work until 24 hours after your fever is gone without taking medicine.

4. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.

5. Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.

6. People with the flu can spread it to others six feet away through their coughs and sneezes. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve. Don’t use your hands. Throw the tissues away and clean your hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

7. Disinfect surfaces everyone touches - door knobs, switches, handles, toys, phones, computers, remote controls, etc. People touch more surfaces than you think and flu germs can hide in crevasses.

8. Don’t use a co-worker’s phone, desk, computer or other tools.

9. Avoid shaking hands or coming in close contact with co-workers who may be ill.

10. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

MORE FLU TIPS If someone in your household has the flu, there are things you can do. Read the information at this link to learn what to do if you are caring for someone who is sick.

DO I HAVE THE FLU You can find more information about the flu and how to help keep you and your loved ones protected by visiting the flu information on this web site.

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