2016 marks 5 years that we have been holding a flu shot clinic at our office in Clifton Park, New York. Each year we have had over 30 employees and family members attend the clinic, this year was no different – Lorraine, the nurse from Adirondack Health and Wellness administrated 34 shots today.
The CDC already has confirmed cases of the flu, the best prevention is to get a flu shot. Below are additional ways to help protect yourself from the flu and other viruses:
Wash your hands frequently during the flu season. You may use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rinse (alcohol rinses are available at all pharmacies and should contain at least 60 percent alcohol). Remember to wash your hands for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Viruses are often spread after a person touches something that is contaminated with the virus and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
Avoid contact with people who are sick. If your coworker is ill, steer clear of his or her sneezes and coughs. When possible, avoid shaking hands with someone who is ill with a respiratory infection. If you are caring for an ill family member, wash your hands frequently and minimize proximity to his or her face.
Cover your mouth or tuck it into your elbow when coughing or sneezing and encourage others to do so. Wash your hands afterward.
Stay home if you have a respiratory infection when possible. A rough guideline is to stay home 24 hours after fever resolves