The flu season is well and truly upon us. Workplace environments can be a breeding ground for the flu, spreading the virus through close contact and shared work spaces. But don’t worry, there are ways to prevent this irritating virus from making you very unwell and ruining your productivity.
Recent statistics released by SA Health show that there has been a large increase in influenza virus infection so far in 2019 compared with the same time last year.
Do what you can to avoid getting the flu, and do your part to keep it from spreading by following the guidelines below:
- get a flu shot - DEW is subsidizing flu vaccines this year, so contact your business manager to find out how to be reimbursed if you have not yet received your vaccination
- protect your body:
- wash your hands, or use hand sanitiser as a quick substitute
- avoid touching your face
- wipe down surfaces
- eat a healthy diet
- consider wearing gloves and a face mask
- prevent the spread of germs by covering your face when sneezing or coughing and washing your hands afterwards
- stay home if you are sick and see a doctor if you are concerned about your symptoms
- encourage others to stay home if they are sick to ensure they rest and recover and to keep others safe from illness.
Line managers whose staff are displaying signs of illness can touch base with them about their wellbeing, encourage them to stay home to recover. They may require workers to present a medical certificate to confirm their fitness for work.
Everyone can play their part to stop the spread of the flu in the workplace, so make sure you are doing your bit. For more information read the SA Health Flu (seasonal influenza) information sheet.