Take Two and Call Me in the Morning: 7 simple ways to prevent seasonal flu in the workplace

By Mandy Edens


The following are seven simple tips to keep in mind for preventing seasonal flu at work:

  1. Get vaccinated. Vaccination is the most important way to prevent the spread of the flu. Take the vaccination pledge.
  1. Stay at home if you are sick. The HHS/CDC recommends that workers who have a fever and respiratory symptoms stay at home until 24 hours after their fever ends without the use of medication.
  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
  1. Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  1. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve(s).
  1. Keep frequently touched common surfaces (e.g., telephones, computer equipment, etc.) clean.
  1. Try not to use a coworker’s phone, desk, office, computer, or other work tools and equipment. If you must use a coworker’s equipment, consider cleaning it first with a disinfectant.

For more information, visit OSHA’s seasonal flu webpage, which provides additional guidance and resources for protecting workers during flu season, or check out the CDC’s Flu IQ website to test your knowledge about the flu and see how you can help to keep your workplace safe, healthy and flu-free.

(from the US Department of Labor Blog)

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Geographic Spread of Influenza as Assessed by State and Territorial Epidemiologists

The influenza activity reported by state and territorial epidemiologists indicates geographic spread of influenza viruses, but does not measure the severity of influenza activity.

During week 51, the following influenza activity was reported:

  • Widespread influenza activity was reported by 36 states (Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming).
  • Regional influenza activity was reported by Guam, Puerto Rico and 10 states (Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia).
  • Local influenza activity was reported by the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and two states (Alaska and Oregon).
  • Sporadic influenza activity was reported by two states (California and Hawaii).

(From CDC)

Here’s where you’re most likely to catch the flu this season 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that this year’s flu season has breached the “epidemic threshold” as the virus continues to spread across the United States.

The CDC came to that conclusion after its data revealed startling information, including the fact that nearly 7% of all deaths in the U.S. for the week ending Dec. 20 were because of pneumonia and influenza. 

Who is the worst off?

8 Tips To Help You Avoid The Flu And Getting Sick

I have been battling a nasty cold that turned into bronchitis for the past week and a half. I was just hoping it wasn’t the flu. And it wasn’t, thank goodness. But the flu is still a big threat right now because, well, the flu is the worst. It’s also super aggressive this year, and the Center for Disease Control even stated that this year’s flu has reached epidemic levels. Yikes!

If you’ve ever had the flu, you know it’s one of the most terrible things you can go through. It’s awful, and it can even be life-threatening. If you’ve never had it, consider yourself lucky! You definitely want to avoid the flu so pay attention to the following tips.

Flu Plans

Waking up on Thursday was a literal pain. My eyelids felt like dumbbells. My knees ached. And oh yeah, I was wheezing like a mofo. The flu is back. Now, as someone who has gotten the flu every year of their life since they were like 3, I can’t complain. I think of it as a mandatory vacation/cleanse (cause I’m dropping major LBS. on my diet of DayQuil and biscuits). Since today is my last official do-nothing day, I made the following plan:

+ ^^Bingewatch beauty videos on youtube^^

+ Sleep

+ Shower (at some point)

+ Play “Trivia Crack” on my phone

+ Put the pile of tissues in the trash

+ Watch a few good sleep movies (I love The Princess Bride for this, youdontevenknow)

+ ^^Order “health smoothie” from local restaurant

+ Consider getting groceries ahead of tomorrow’s predicted blizzard

+ Consider another nap

+ Drink all the liquids

+ Take off my nail polish (way later)

+ Play TwoDots

+ Eat a biscuit

It’s gonna be a good day,

xo - Akilah