The flu costs business approximately $10.4 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and out-patient visits for adults on an annual basis.* In addition to getting immunized, there are everyday prevention actions we all can take to help boost our immunity and fight germs, including the flu. Share these tips with your employees to help reduce the incidence of flu this season.
Get the flu vaccine. This is recommended for everyone six months of age and older.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Limit contact with others as much as possible if you are sick. If you are sick with flu-like illness, it is recommended that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever has subsided (the fever should be gone without the aid of fever-reducing medication).
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Discard the tissue after you use it.
Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, sanitize with an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Routinely clean frequently-touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones, to help remove germs.
*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention