The influenza season is here and it’s time to get your flu shot. There are some other important steps to remember to help prevent catching, and spreading, the flu.
The number one way to control the spread of any infectious disease is Good hand washing!!!
The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness
DO NOT TOUCH THE T ZONE
- Wash your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating
- DO NOT cough into your hands
- DO NOT sneeze into your hands
- Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth
One research study showed that health care workers, on average, touched their T Zone 19 times over two hours.
If you become infected with the Flu Take Note of the Below Information
- Treatment with antivirals works best when begun within 48 hours of getting sick, but can still be beneficial when given later in the course of illness.
- This season, three FDA-approved influenza antiviral drugs are recommended for use in the United States: oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) are taken orally. Tamiflu is recommended if you are pregnant.
Workers who have become ill with the flu should stay at home until all of the following criteria are met:
- At least 5 days have passed since the symptoms of illness began; AND
- No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications AND
- Cough is improving (decreasing in frequency and amount of secretions with no associated chest discomfort or shortness of breath) AND
- Upon returning to the work environment, employees should continue to follow cough etiquette and hand washing protocols.