Everyone knows that the best way to fight the flu is by being vaccinated, but there are other things you can do in your everyday life to keep you protected.
The Centers for Disease Control recommend that, in addition to your vaccine, you:
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people
• Stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone if you or your child become ill with flu-like symptoms.
• Limit contact with others as much as possible while sick
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – and throw the tissue in the trash afterwards!
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. This can spread germs.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs
• Look out for additional public health advice if an outbreak of flu or other illness occurs
You should also ask your employer about their plans in the event of an outbreak. Find out if flu vaccinations are being offered on-site, and make sure you have an adequate supply of tissues, soaps, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs and disposable wipes. You should also consider training others to do your job in case an illness forces you to stay home.
And of course, if you begin to feel sick while at work you should go home as soon as possible. These same steps can apply to your child while at school.
Everyday actions can help slow the spread of germs. Following these steps are an excellent way to reduce your odds of getting the flu this year.