Flu season is just around the corner and that means it is time for everyone to do their part to stop the spread of  this miserable and sometimes fatal illness.

The 2015-2016 Flu season began in Texas with sporadic cases in October, more cases in regional areas by January and was widespread by February.

Good habits and practices can substantially reduce the risk of the flu wiping out your workforce this season.

The CDC recommends the following:

  1. Get the vaccine yearly. 2015-2016  CDC statistics show that the vaccines were 47 percent effective in preventing the flu in the people who got their vaccine.
  2. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  3. If you are sick, limit your contact with others as much as possible. stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw tissues away immediately.
  5. Wash your hands often with soap and water or clean with alcohol sanitizer .  Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose. Germs picked up from surfaces can spread this way.
  6. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

We suggest :

  1. Keeping disinfectant wipes through out your building during the flu season. Encourage your employees to wipe door handles, counters, desk tops, and phones often.
  2. Encourage them to stay home if they believe they have the flu regardless of any other factors. Flu is a miserable, sometimes fatal, illness and there are  not many reasons important enough to risk making many others ill.
  3. Ask your cleaning company what procedures they add to their daily tasks to help reduce the spread of infectious illness in the winter.  Make sure they are taking extra precautions to disinfect all touchable surfaces on a daily basis. Door Knobs, door frames, light switches, customer service counters, water fountains, and guest  chairs are all  high risk areas that are often overlooked .

Let’s all be aware of what we can do to have a healthier winter this year!

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