Flu Prevention In The Work Place

Touch, touch, touch . . . remember the Clorox commercial about how often we touch things during the day? Think about how many germs are on your fingers right now. Is that not incredibly gross? There are tons of surfaces at work and most of them are crawling with germs.
Flu season is in full swing – bad news – the vaccine is only 62% effective. If you have been vaccinated you are still at risk for getting the flu. So we have about 3 months to go before flu season is over. If you have not already, get vaccinated! Meanwhile – during your work day, you can do things to stay healthy.
Here are a few ways to avoid the flu at work:
Hand Washing
Wash your hands at the sink for 20 seconds – basically the length of “Happy Birthday.” Grab some hand sanitizer if you are not near a sink.
Kitchen Cleaning Habits
Keep your kitchen clean and change your sponge often. You can also boil your sponge to clean it.
Cleaning Vs. Sanitizing Vs. Disinfecting
Cleaning gets rid of germs. You clean using soap and water. Sanitizing decreases the amount of pathogens and bacteria. It uses chemicals dedicated to sanitizing and cleans or disinfects – lowers the risk of spreading germs. Disinfecting destroys germs and bacteria. Disinfecting products come in wipe or spray form and get rid of many kinds of bacteria (a list is usually printed on the cleaner)
Other Precautions:
  1. Avoid direct contact with people who appear/are sick.
  2. If you think you have the flu – go to the doctor! Also, stay home for a minimum of 24 hours post fever.
  3. Abstain from contact (as much as possible) with others if you are sick.
  4. Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze. Then throw the tissue in the garbage!
  5. Do not touch your nose, mouth and eyes.
  6. Use a lip gloss pod instead of lip gloss. Always wash your hands before applying lip gloss from a pod.
  7. Take immune boosters like Vitamin C pills or Airborne.
  8. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water, orange and fruit juices.
  9. Eat lots of Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables.
  10. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep.
  11. De-stress – stress weakens your immune system. Go exercise or find your own source of relaxation.
All office surfaces are breeding grounds for germs. It only takes one sneeze to emit thousands of germ particles into the air. Remember – not everyone who has the flu will have a fever. If you are having bad respiratory issues or bodily issues in general, go see your doctor. Flu prevention is possible and it starts with you!
~ Ali McFadden

“Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
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