It’s that time of year again. No, not the holidays—flu season.
One of the most effective way to avoid getting sick is to get a flu shot. But when we asked in a recent poll if you’d gotten a flu shot yet, 49% said, “No and I don’t plan to get one.”
Thankfully, 39% have already gotten vaccinated, while another 12% said they hadn’t yet but planned to get a flu shot.
Keeping employees healthy is important because just one sick worker can infect half the workplace. So what can you do to protect workers from getting the flu and/or passing it on to co-workers?
First, share these six basic personal hygiene rules with workers:
- Avoid touching your face with your hands, especially after coming into contact with public surfaces such as door handles, stair rails, debit machines, etc.
- If you’re sick, stay home. (Learn about the impact of presenteeism.)
- If you must go out, try to avoid crowded areas or seat yourself away from others to avoid spreading your infection. (And practice proper cough etiquette.)
- Clean frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
- Eat nutritious meals, exercise and get lots of rest—your body needs good nutrition and plenty of rest to help prevent infections.
- Get the flu shot to help reduce the risk of catching influenza. (Consider holding a flu clinic in the workplace to make it easy for workers to get vaccinated.)
- An infographic you can hang in your workplace to educate workers on the flu and flu prevention tips
- How to encourage workers to properly wash their hands.
And at SafetyPoster.com, you can buy posters on preventing colds and the flu, including ones on proper hand washing.