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Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Eight Tips for Individuals

From the U.S. Center for Disease Control

In addition to the actions a small business employer can take to help protect the health of their employees, there are actions which employees may take to protect their own health, and that of those around them. Employers should review this list and encourage employees to read it and practice good health habits.

  • Stay home if you are sick with influenza like illness for example, fever or chills AND cough or sore throat. In addition, symptoms of flu can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting. The Center for Disease Control recommends that sick workers stay home if they are ill with influenza-like illness until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100° F [37.8° C] or greater) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. This would require employees to stay home for 3 to 5 days in most cases. The Center for Disease Control recommends this time period away from work regardless of whether or not antiviral medications are used.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve. Dispose of tissues in no-touch trash receptacles.

  •  Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.

  • Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean. For example, telephones, computer equipment, etc.

  • Try not to use other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment. If necessary, consider cleaning them first with a disinfectant.

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle; attention to rest, diet, exercise, and relaxation helps maintain physical and emotional health

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