Minimizing the Impact of Flu and Colds
Did you know?
In a typical year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu. Flu-related deaths range from 3,300 to 48,600 (average 23,600). Annual outbreaks of the seasonal flu usually occur during the late fall through early spring. Most people have natural immunity, and a seasonal flu vaccine is available (Source: flu.gov).
You can be contagious with the flu up to 2 days before you have symptoms and as much as 5 days after your symptoms disappear.
Protect yourself and others!
Get a Flu Vaccination
Vaccinations are the best way to protect you from the flu. This year’s vaccine protects from three different flu viruses including 2009 H1N1. The vaccination is available in a shot or in a nasal mist.
Stay Home When You Are Sick
The time that you spend at home working or taking care of yourself will shorten the time that you feel lousy. By staying home you protect your co-workers and their families from getting ill. Many people are susceptible to getting very ill from “just” a cold. Asthma or emphysema can make you prone to getting pneumonia. Someone who is undergoing cancer treatment has a compromised immune system and cannot fight off illness resulting in serious illness and the stopping of cancer treatment until the infection is over.
Cover Your Cough
If you don’t have a Kleenex, sneeze or cough into your elbow or shoulder. Try to keep your hands free from infection.
Keep three feet away from others.
Don’t shake hands.
Wash Your Hands
Hand washing is a simple way to stop the spread of disease including the common cold and the flu.
For more flu information visit:
- FEMA Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations Annex Template – This template provides guidance to assist organizations in developing a Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations plan or, if the organization already has a continuity plan, a Pandemic Influenza Annex. General guidance and sample information is provided for reference and organizations are encouraged to tailor Pandemic Influenza Continuity plans to meet specific organizational needs and requirements. The template contains all elements of a viable continuity plan and allows organizations to insert information as deemed appropriate.
- OSHA - Fact Sheet: What Employers Can Do to Protect Workers from Pandemic Influenza - During an influenza pandemic, transmission of the pandemic virus can be anticipated in the workplace, not only from patients to workers in healthcare settings, but also from customers and coworkers in general work settings. Employers can use a set of occupational safety and health controls referred to as the "hierarchy of controls" to reduce exposures to pandemic influenza in their workplaces. The types of control measures, listed from most to least effective may be used to protect yourself, your workers and your customers are contained in this fact sheet.
- Flu Documents from the CDC:
Flu and You, Cleaning to Prevent Flu, Talking to Children about Flu, and If Your Child Gets Sick with Flu. In the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Dzongkha, Farsi, Karen, Kirundi, Nepali, Oromo, Somali or English.