Cold weather and shorter days are a reminder that cold and flu season is once again upon us. However, if you work in an office or are a student, the coughing and sneezing going on around you may be all the reminding you need! Even in environments where you come in close contact with others, there are many steps you can take to stay healthy and stop the spread of illness when someone does get sick.
The health experts at RediClinic remind you to follow these guidelines to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading sickness in public environments.
- Get a flu shot. We tell patients every day that for those age six months and older*, immunization with the flu shot is the first and most important way to prevent flu and its many complications. If you haven’t yet received a shot, don’t put it off any longer. The seasonal flu can circulate well into the spring months.
- Know the danger zones. Beware of common surfaces that are touched by many people, such as desks, computer keyboards, phones, doorknobs, faucets and vending machine buttons. All of these locations can harbor high levels of bacteria, and should be cleaned frequently during the cold and flu season.
- Wash your hands often. Most viruses infect the body by being transmitted from the hands to the nose, eyes or mouth. Keep your hands away from your face and wash your hands often to reduce your risk of illness. In a school or office environment, proper handwashing is especially important before eating and after shaking hands.
- Stay away from others who are sick. If possible, do not come in close contact with those who are ill. Droplets containing cold and flu virus can travel up to six feet when someone coughs or sneezes. Encourage coworkers to stay at home if they become sick, and do not come to work if you feel sick.
Get Help at RediClinic
In addition to administering flu shots to prevent illness, RediClinic provides expert care to help you get healthy if you do become ill. Schedule a same- or next-day appointment online at RediClinic.com to get started on your treatment today. We are open seven days a week and accept most major insurance plans.
*RediClinic treats patient 18 months and older.