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The flu season is on the horizon, which means you’ll likely be surrounded by germs and under-the-weather co-workers. Fortunately, there are several ways you can protect yourself in and out of the office.

How to Stay Healthy this Flu Season

1. Get a flu shot.
The Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommends receiving a flu shot once every year – typically in October or November. Plus, current guidelines recommend children ages 6 months to 19 years old, pregnant women, and adults over 49 receive the flu shot. You can get vaccinated at your physician’s office, a local clinic, or a nearby pharmacy.

2. Wash your hands regularly.
Although this should be a given, washing your hands on a regular basis can help you stay flu-free. However, a quick rinse won’t cut it. Instead, scrub the back of your hands, palms, fingers, and under the nails for at least 20 seconds. If soap isn’t readily available, opt for an alcohol-based hand disinfectant.

3. Keep your distance
Stay clear from co-workers who are coughing, sneezing, or sniffling. And if you’re one of the sick employees, make sure to stay home from work. Also, head to your physician’s office if you think you’ve been infected with the flu.

4. Disinfect heavily-trafficked areas.
Since the flu virus can survive on surfaces for up to 48 hours, it’s important to disinfect these areas to prevent the further spread of germs. These areas include desks, keyboards, chairs, and computer mice.

5. Practice healthy habits at home.
To remain healthy throughout the entire flu season, make sure to practice healthy habits at home. The key to staying healthy is eating a well- balanced diet, including plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grain products. Plus, make physical activity part of everyday life.

Suffering From the Flu? Contact Lakeview Family Medicine

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact Lakeview Family Medicine today! Our team will support your recovery so you can return to work as soon as possible.