Flu season: Healthy habits

Published 11/20/2019

There’s no season like flu season. So we’ve gathered this list of good health habits that can help you protect yourself and others and stop the flu in its tracks.

  1. Get the flu vaccine. (This one is number one for a reason!)
  2. Stay home when you’re sick.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  4. Wash your hands.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces at home, work, or school (especially if someone is sick).
  7. Practice other good health habits— Get enough sleep, exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

At work and school

Places where we spend so much time with lots of other people are key opportunities to learn, be productive, be social—and for the flu to spread like wildfire. Here are some tips to keep in mind to help anyone do their part to create a heathy environment at work or school:

  • Find out from your managers about plans if an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs and whether flu vaccinations are offered on-site.
  • Make sure to regularly clean your desk, keyboard and mouse with a disinfectant wipe.
  • Keep tissues and hand sanitizer at your desk.
  • If you or your child begins to feel sick while out in the world, do your best to return home as soon as possible.
  • If you have the option to work from home or have sick time available, use it – that’s what it’s for!

For more information on these and other helpful tips for staying healthy when the flu bug hits, check out this resource from the UW Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

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You can help fight the flu If you think you have the flu, you might be eligible to be part of the Seattle Flu Study: a city-wide effort to understand how the flu spreads and to develop innovative ways to fight it. It’ll only take a few minutes of your time, and you can do it from home. Join us today!

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Source: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is one of the most trusted and comprehensive sources for information about infectious diseases. Their website has the most up to date details on how to prevent, diagnose, and treat the flu.

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