Friday, September 22, 2017  02:48 PM | By: Matt Dow
Getting Ready for Flu Season: What You Should Have Ready

How to Get Ready For Flu Season

It’s already time to begin getting ready for flu season and gathering what you should have ready in case the flu breaks out in your school, home or office. The flu, or influenza, is an extremely contagious and viral illness often affecting the respiratory tract. In a study conducted by GoJo, workplaces that had hand sanitizer and other flu prevention products available saw a 21 percent decrease in absenteeism. Here are a couple of ways you can prepare yourself, your family and your colleagues to combat it and keep it from wreaking havoc on your life.

 

Vaccination

Vaccination  

While there is certainly a lot of debate about the effectiveness of vaccines, nearly all-scientific research indicates that the flu vaccine can help prevent the flu. If you are interested in protecting you, your loved ones and/or your employees, it might be a good idea to ensure everyone is vaccinated. The CDC has put together a guide on whether or not a flu vaccine is right for you.

 

Soaps/Sanitizers

 

During flu season, it is important to keep your hands away from your face, mouth, eyes, and open cuts and scrapes. Since other people may touch these areas, wash your hands with soap and water several times a day and definitely after you touch public surfaces such as door handles, shopping carts, printers, pens and more. The Mayo Clinic offers a great tutorial on proper hand-washing techniques. When you don’t have access to soap and water, make sure you use a strong, alcohol-based hand sanitizer available for quick cleans on-the-go. Stock up now, so you don’t find yourself without it when you need it!

 

Cleaning Products

Cleaning Spray Bottle  

When a person is contagious, they can spread their germs to nearly any surface they touch. In addition, when a sick person sneezes or coughs, contagious germ particles can disperse nearly six away from them. With this in mind, it’s important to be proactive about keeping surfaces such as door handles, desks, keyboards, telephones and other commonly touched surfaces as clean as possible. There are plenty of cleaning products that are scientifically proven to kill up to 99% of flu viruses and bacteria, so speak to a knowledgeable and experienced cleaning supply company to decide which products are best for you and your home or office.

 

Medication

Cough Syrup on Spoon  

Ensure that your medicine cabinet is stocked with fever reducers, antihistamines, decongestants, cough medicines, nasal sprays, throat lozenges, cough drops and any other items you think you may need to help keep flu symptoms at bay. 

Tip: Also check the expiration dates on current medications now, and replace any that are already expired.

 

Find A Doctor or See Your Doctor

Stethoscope  

Before flu season hits, see your doctor for a physical, If you haven’t already. If you need to find a new primary care physician, you can use a website like ZocDoc to find one that’s in your health insurance plan. Now is the time to gather contact information and determine co-pays and other out-of-pocket costs that may be associated with an ill visit. You can also get your flu shot while you go for your physical.

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