The flu can be compared to a pesky raccoon that comes back every night looking for loop holes in your latest garbage contraption.
Influenza has the ability to adapt and to become more effective in finding hosts. This is why each year researchers track the virus and create new vaccines to combat the new hybrids. In addition to getting your seasonal flu shot, here 3 fool proof and medically sound ways to dip, dodge and duck the flu.
Practice good hand hygiene
Your hands are germ magnets, according to the Simcoe Muskoka Heath Unit, at any given time you will have approximately 5,000 germs on one of your hands. Many of these “germs” include harmful viruses that could leave you bed ridden for a days. The average adult touches about 30 objects in one minute and our face up to 3,000 times in one day. The most common transmission of the flu virus is through the mouth and the nose membranes. A good rule to follow is to keep your office space sanitized and keep a bottle of alcohol based hand sanitizer in close reach. Wash hands often, especially after eating, use the bathroom, coughing or sneezing.
Keep your immune system strong
A strong immune system is your first line of defence against catching the flu and fighting it off. Proven ways to strengthen your immune system include getting enough sleep, regular exercise, health eating, increasing your iron intake and other activities that can reduce stress. A recent study conducted by the American Psychological Association found that those under chronic stress got sick more often. The study tested those who were under stress about saw that a respondent’s immune system was slow to respond to sickness when it has been in a state of constant stress.
Keep a clean work space
Did you know that the average work desk can be 400 times dirtier than the toilet seat? Yuck! Many people don’t stop to think about how many germs can live on a keyboard, mouse or office phone. Germs causing the common cold can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours, more serious viruses can live for up to six weeks. It’s important to take some extra time to disinfect and sanitize your office space.
Getting the flu is about as fun as sitting in rush hour traffic. Good thing prevention is easy. Is there something we missed? Feel free to share your tips for dodging the flu on Twitter @Spectrum_HC using the hashtag #fludonts or on our Facebook page.
To prevent the flu in your office, learn more about our flu clinics here.