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Ways to Prevent the Flu

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Help keep your employees on the job and productive with these simple steps to prevent seasonal sickness.

Every year, up to 20 percent of the U.S. population comes down with the flu, according to an estimate by the Centers for Disease Control. The impact of influenza is particularly significant for employers, whose workers are forced to stay home with fevers, coughing, sore throats, runny noses, body aches, headaches, chills or fatigue.

With fewer employees on the job, businesses often experience delayed production schedules and missed revenue opportunities. Such results can be particularly troublesome for smaller businesses.

Keep the flu from cutting into your profits.

The best line of defense against flu season - which typically peaks between late November and March - is to get a flu shot, advises the CDC.

To find a nearby provider, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers this online flu vaccine finder.

In addition, promoting preventive practices among your employees goes a long way toward keeping your workforce healthy and your business running at full capacity.

Here are some CDC-recommended practices for stopping the spread of flu-causing germs.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. (Many employers make this product available at work.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

For more information on the 2011-2012 flu season, visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

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