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October 3, 2012

Flu Season: How to Stay Healthy

Filed under: General HR Buzz,Safety,Wellness6:00 am

It’s that time of year again!  Flu season!  In the close quarters of most offices, anytime someone coughs, sneezes, or blows their nose everyone cringes!  How can we protect ourselves and our co-workers from getting sick?  The website flu.gov encourages annual flu vaccines and touts this as being the best way to protect yourself from the flu.  Flu vaccines are recommended for most individuals, ages six months and older.

Here are some other ways to avoid getting the flu and passing it to others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Practice good health habits (get adequate sleep, exercise, eat healthy, and drink plenty of fluids).
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you have the flu, stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever has returned to normal without the use of fever-reducing medications.

This is a good time to review your Attendance Policy to make sure that you have guidelines in place so your employees know when to go home if they feel ill to prevent an outbreak in your workplace.  You may wish to seek medical advice, and legal advice, too, when making such changes to your policy.

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