Preparing For The Flu Season
In the Northern hemisphere, winter is the time for flu, but the exact timing and duration of flu seasons vary. While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.*
1) TAKE EVERYDAY ACTION TO STAY HEALTHY:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze
- Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because germs spread this way
- Avoid close contact with others who have or are complaining of flu-like symptoms
- Remember to clean your work surface, phones and keyboards using disinfecting cleaning products
- Kill germs before they have a chance to spread!
2) LEARN THE SYMPTOMS OF FLU: Some of the most common symptoms include fever or chills, cough or sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting. If you think you may have the flu:
- Contact your healthcare provider as soon as you can to schedule an appointment.
- To help limit the spread of any illness to others, stay home. If necessary, and possible, work from home.
3) GET A FLU SHOT: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly seasonal flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu.
4) STAY INFORMED: Visit the following websites for additional information.
You can also call 1-800-CDC-INFO
* Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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