Monday, November 9, 2009

Tips to keep healthy during the Cold and Flu season

With the Cold and Flu season here and the additional threat of the H1N1 virus, CCVM would like to offer you some helpful tips to keep healthy:

1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Try saying you ABC’s to yourself.

2. Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.

3. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve. Dispose of tissues in no-touch trash receptacles.

4. Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.

5. Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean. For example, telephones, computer equipment, etc.

6. Try not to use others’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment. If necessary, consider cleaning them first with a disinfectant.

7. Maintain a healthy lifestyle; attention to rest, diet, exercise, and relaxation helps maintain physical and emotional health.

8. Stay away from others if you are sick with influenza-like illness for example, fever or chills AND cough or sore throat. In addition, symptoms of flu can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting. CDC recommends that sick workers stay home if they are ill with influenza-like illness until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100° F [37.8° C] or greater) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. This would require employees to stay home for 3 to 5 days in most cases. CDC recommends this time period away from work regardless of whether or not antiviral medications are used.

For more information about where to get Flu shots and H1N1 vaccinations dial 2-1-1

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