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Simple Tips for Flu Prevention
By James Mazo, M.D., Section Chief, Occupational Health

The flu season is now upon us with the official start date being October. This is the perfect time of year to get your flu shot to help protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza.

People infected with the flu may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop, and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. There are several every-day preventive actions that you can take to help safeguard yourself from the flu:

Clean hands are important, and frequent handwashing will help protect you from germs.

Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing may help prevent those around you from getting sick.

Practicing good health habits such as frequent disinfection of frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school is beneficial, especially when someone is ill.

Should you become sick with the flu, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

With high fevers associated with the flu, be sure to get plenty of rest, manage your stress and drink plenty of fluids.

In spite of our busy schedules and lack of time, stay home from work and avoid running errands and travel when you are sick. For those with certain medical conditions, antiviral medications will help treat or shorten the course of the illness. More information on the flu prevention policy of Saint Francis is provided on page 3.

 

 

 

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Written by James Mazo, M.D., FACOEM

Section Chief and Medical Director for St. Francis Occupational Health.

September 17, 2015

Influenza Prevention

Simple Tips for Flu Prevention

The flu season is nearly upon us with the official start date of the flu season being October.  This is the perfect time of year to get your flu shot to help protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza.  People infected with the flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop, and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.  There are several every day preventive actions that you can take to help safeguard yourself from the flu.  Clean hands are important, and frequent handwashing will help protect you from germs.  Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing may help prevent those around you from getting sick.  Practicing good health habits such as frequent disinfection of frequently touch surfaces at home, work or school will be beneficial, especially when someone is ill.  Should you’ve become sick with the flu, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  With high fevers associated with the flu, be sure to get plenty of rest, manage your stress and drink plenty of fluids.  In spite of our busy schedules and lack of time, stay home from work and avoid running errands and travel when you are sick.  For those with certain medical conditions, antiviral medications will help treat or shorten the course of the illness.

 

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Safety+Health presents OSHA’s most frequently cited violations for fiscal year 2015. Also: the annual “penalty box” detailing the year’s largest fines, and an exclusive interview with an official from OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement on the agency’s new reporting requirement and what a new weighted inspection system means for employers.

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