Flu season version 2017 – 2018 has begun. Here is what you need to know that is specific to this season and preventive steps you can take now.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends, of course, that everyone be inoculated against the flu this season. Do this now. Encourage your employees to do this now. Encourage your students to do this now. Doing so can significantly reduce staff / student absenteeism; this directly impacts productivity.
Nasal sprays are not recommended this year. Only injectable flu shots are recommended.
Vaccines have been up-dated this year to better match the circulating viruses. Both three-virus (“trivalent”) and four-virus (“quadrivalent”) vaccines are available. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against flu.
How to Minimize Exposure
1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Print off this flyer to post at work / school to support best practices:
Current Influenza-Like Illness (“ILI”) Status in U.S:
Presently only Louisiana and Mississippi are experiencing high ILIs.