Keep the Flu Out of Your Workplace

Have you used an office phone, had a face-to-face conversation or inhaled today? If so, there’s a chance you came in contact with the virus that causes the flu.

Flu season peaks in January or February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 15 million to 60 million Americans are exposed every year. They miss a combined 70 million work days.

Here are some tips to help control the flu’s effect on your workplace. Texas Mutual encourages you to share them with your employees.

Take preventive measures
The CDC recommends this three-step approach to keeping yourself and your loved ones free of the flu:

  1. Consider a flu shot. This is the most important thing you can do, especially if you are at high risk of serious flu complications. High-risk people include young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older, and people who live with or care for those who are at high risk. People with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are also at risk. Although children under six months of age are considered high risk, they are too you to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead. Visit for low-cost flu shots.
  2. Do the simple things. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand cleaners. Try to avoid contact with sick people.
  3. Ask your doctor about antiviral drugs. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines that keep flu viruses from reproducing. They are used for treatment of the flu. They are not a substitute for a flu shot, and you should not take them without asking a doctor. Antiviral drugs work best if you start taking them within two days of symptoms.

If you get sick
If you follow the steps above, you can reduce your chances of catching the flu this season. But as with most things in life, there are no guarantees.

If you experience high fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, or muscle aches:

  1. Go to the doctor immediately. Most healthy people recover from the flu. Others experience serious complications, including bacterial pneumonia, dehydration and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes. Children and adults may develop sinus problems and ear infections.
  2. Avoid spreading it. The CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school, and limit contact with others. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. That is how germs spread.
  3. Take care of yourself. Get lots of rest, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid using alcohol and tobacco. A pharmacist might be able to recommend over-the-counter medications that relieve flu symptoms, but never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, particularly fever.

For more information about the flu, visit The site includes a free, downloadable poster that outlines the three steps to avoiding the flu.

One Response to Keep the Flu Out of Your Workplace

  1. I appreciate your all the suggestions.


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