Protecting Yourself this Flu Season

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Well folks its here again, the dreaded cold and flu season is back.

It seems like everyone has someone in their house that is sick and if you are like our staff here at Stolly Insurance, sometimes its hard to fight it off when you work in an office. We have a few tricks we abide by around here and I wanted to share a few to help other people out!

  • Exercise regularly. Yeah it seems like a something that would have nothing to do with getting the flu, but those who keep healthy have less of a risk of getting sick due to a higher immune system.
  • Drink fluids! Keeping yourself hydrated can help keep your body in tip top shape. Water is ideal, I know I make multiple trips to the water cooler in our kitchen everyday and I feel better when I do.
  • Getting a flu shot is good, and keep the rest of your immunizations up to date. This is especially for young children, older adults, and health care workers who are more prone to getting the flu.
  • Keep yearly check ups with your doctor and always follow your doctor’s instructions before taking any flu prevention drugs.
  • If you feel sick stay home! I know it can be hard to stay home when you may have limited personal days or you have a lot to do at work, but if you go to work sick you could not only make yourself more ill you could make your coworkers ill. The CDC says that a fever should be gone for 24 hours before returning to normal activities.
  • Keep your work area and home disinfected. We use our Clorox wipes a lot during this season to keep our desks and office supplies germ free. Having hand sanitizer handy can also be useful if you are not in a place to be able to wash your hands.

If you are a business owner you can encourage your employees to stay healthy by reminding them that it is best to stay home when ill, do this yourself no matter how much you think your business needs you there. You are better off getting yourself healthy first. Also keep plenty of tissues, antibacterial wipes, and hand sanitizer on hand to keep your customers and employees healthy.

Visit the CDC’s website to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu.