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Flu: How to stay healthy at work

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Consider these important steps you can take to prot​​​​ect yourself and others at work:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Be sure to wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your elbow. Dispose of tissues in no-touch trash receptacles. Wash your hands after disposing of soiled tissues.
  • Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean, such as telephones, computer keyboards, doorknobs, etc.
  • Do not use other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment. If you need to use a coworker’s phone, desk, or other equipment, clean it first.
  • Don’t spread the flu! If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home. Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, tiredness, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
     CDC recommends that people with flu-like illness stay home for at least 24 hours after they are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines. If supervisors or employees have questions about use of leave for illness or to care for an ill family member, please contact your local Human Resources office or your office’s leave administrator.

  • Get vaccinated against seasonal flu.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle through rest, diet, and exercise.

Employers can help limit the spread of flu in the workplace by considering on site vaccinations for their staff. A number of health care providers, including Marshfield Clinic, offer on site flu vaccinations.

Learn more. Visit or contact Centers for Disease Control and Prevention​ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)

TTY: 888-232-6348


Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.