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Avoiding the Flu: Part 2

ill man coughing into his handIn our last post, we discussed some key ways to avoid catching influenza. Here are some additional tips from our healthcare clinic in Dallas, TX, to help protect yourself and others this flu season.

Don’t shake hands during flu season.
New acquaintances will appreciate you saying, “Please forgive me for not shaking your hand; I haven’t been feeling well.”

Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
As you could imagine, coughing or sneezing directly into your palm is a quick way to make your hands a host full of germs. Get into the habit of using your elbow instead, and encourage others to do the same.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Touching your face after touching something that is contaminated with germs or a virus is a common way to get sick.

Maintain a supply of tissues, hand sanitizer, and cough drops.
Even if you aren’t sick, you can still protect yourself and others by keeping these items on-hand.

Disinfect regularly.
An efficient and inexpensive way to prevent the spread of illness is by using disinfectant wipes, especially when someone nearby is already ill. Focus on items you touch often, such as your phone, door handles, the remote control, tables, and computers

Avoiding the Flu: Part I

washing hands with soap and running waterOutdoor temperatures are continuing to drop, which means cold and flu season is upon us. The CDC estimates that up to one-fifth of the US population will get the flu this season, so it is crucial to be prepared. The following are some tips from our care clinic in Dallas, TX, to help you and your family stay healthy and avoid the flu this season.

Get the flu shot.
Seasonal flu vaccines protect against the three most common influenza viruses. Not only are you protecting yourself by getting the flu shot, but you are also being considerate of others.

Wash your hands properly several times a day.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many people do not wash their hands when they should. Even the Start button on the office copier is enough to bring you in contact with the flu virus. Wash your hands several times a day with soap and warm water for 15 seconds.

Encourage sick coworkers or classmates to stay home.
Some people hesitate to take sick days, even if they are truly ill. Whether you are a leader or a peer, you can encourage others to stay home when they are contagious.