Flu season typically peaks between December and February, but it can last as long as May. Because the flu spreads quickly between people who work in close quarters, you really need to understand flu prevention tips as you protect yourself and your coworkers this flu season.
The flu shot is one of the best preventative measures you can take since it combats the season’s main flu virus that is expected to affect the most people. Although the vaccine’s antibodies won’t begin protecting you for two weeks, get yours today, and encourage your coworkers to get their flu shots, too.
Stay Home if You’re Sick
Of course, your job is essential, but going to work when you’re sick only infects everyone else. Stay home, focus on getting better and remind your coworkers to stay home if they’re sick.
Disinfect Office Surfaces
Disinfectant spray and wipes will be your best friends this flu season. Use them to clean germs off your computer keyboard, printer key pad, phone, pens and pencils, doorknobs, drawer pulls and anything else you and your coworkers touch regularly.
Cover Your Nose and Mouth
Sneeze or cough into a disposable tissue to prevent your germs from spreading to others.
Wash Your Hands
As frequently as possible, wash your hands in hot, soapy water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wipes also kill germs, but use them only when soap and water are unavailable.
Don’t Touch Your Face
Flu germs on your hands spread quickly when you touch your face, so protect yourself by keeping your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes.
Go to Bed
Enough rest increases your immunity and ability to fight germs. Your chances of staying healthy increases when you grab a few a few extra minutes of sleep every night.
Eat and Drink a Healthy Diet
From loading up on fruits and veggies to drinking water, your body will stay strong when you fuel it with healthy foods.
Are you ready to stay healthy this flu season? Follow these tips and talk to your doctor about additional ways you and your coworkers can stay healthy this year.
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Why Your Office Needs to Schedule a Blood Drive
January is National Blood Donor Month, and your entire office can join the celebration when you schedule a blood drive. Not only will you help your local blood bank, but your good deed provides numerous benefits for your entire company.
Chances are high that you, one of your coworkers or someone you know will one day need a blood transfusion. One pint of blood saves three lives, so donate blood this
January and be a hero.
Combat Blood Shortages
While every local blood bank needs are different, most communities face blood bank shortages. Everyone’s donation combats shortage and meets a critical need.
Many people don’t give blood because they don’t realize there’s a need, don’t think about it or are too busy. Schedule a blood drive at your office to emphasize the importance of this small but powerful action.
If you and your coworkers are feeling the winter doldrums, a blood drive offers a beneficial distraction. It’s the perfect opportunity to boost morale, and it increases employee satisfaction, productivity and performance, too.
Improve Community Relations
People in the community appreciate local businesses that care. A blood drive goes a long way toward improving community relations.
Tips That Make Your Blood Drive a Success
Now that you’ve decided to host a company blood drive, consider a few tips that make it a success.
- Contact your local Red Cross and set up a time and location for the blood drive.
- Advertise the blood drive on all your office bulletin boards.
- Invite customers, vendors and other people to schedule a donation appointment.
- Build excitement by holding a raffle for donors or awarding prizes like discounted services or free products.
- Encourage participants to drink plenty of water or fruit juice and to eat healthy, iron-rich foods during the 24 hours before their donation. These actions stabilize blood pressure and blood sugar levels while reducing dizziness.
Your office’s blood drive does more than give you something to do this January. It celebrates National Blood Donor month and provides numerous benefits that build office morale, improve community relations and save lives.