Friday, October 8, 2010

Fighting Flu this Fall

It's that time of year again! When the sound of a sniffle makes our nails curl in fear of the wave of flu symptoms that are sure to spread like wildfire throughout the office. While cold and flu prevention may seem futile, there are some simple steps to ensure success.

1. Get a flu vaccine:
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most imporatnt step in protecting against flu viruses. The 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against an influenza, a H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus, and the 2009 H1N1 virus that cause so much illness last season.

2. Prevent spread of 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.

3. Take antiviral drugs if prescribed:
Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid, or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time that you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.

Making sure your surroundings are clean and healthy is also essential to staying flu free this fall and winter. Proper disinfectants are a great place to start. Make sure your current cleaning or janitorial service is using long lasting disinfectants. If they aren't performing up to flu fighting standards, City Wide would be happy to help.

Call today to find out more about how your building can help you fight back or for a free building survey!

~Your City Wide Team