You have probably heard about the Seasonal Flu, Bird Flu, Swine Flu (H1N1). But, what should you do to help prevent the spread of the virus or even worse, catching it yourself? According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), you should fight the flu with the 3 Cs.
Number one, COVER YOUR COUGH. You should either do this with a tissue or cough into your elbow. Just by coughing into your hands will cause the spread of germs as soon as you touch something.
Number two, CLEAN YOUR HANDS. Use soap and water or hand sanitizer. There are many hand sanitizers on the market and they are very inexpensive. Especially if you consider the cost of being off work for a week. You might even keep a tiny bottle (usually cost $1) in your pocket.
Number three, CONTAIN GERMS. Stay home when you are sick. It doesn’t do anyone any good if you go to work sick. Most likely you will pass your germs on to someone else either in the air or on a surface. That’s how you got it to begin with. Someone else that was sick (they may not have even known at the time) sneezed, coughed, or touched something and transmitted the germs to you. Don’t do the same to someone else!
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) goes more in depth and offers another word of advise; get a flu vaccine. They have vaccines for the seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu, both flus are easily spread and can make you very sick. In some cases can even cause death! If you are not sure about a vaccine and whether you should get one or not, please contact your health care professional.
For more information about the seasonal flu, swine flu, or any of the flus visit the CDC website or Flu.gov. Or for more local information, visit the Scott County Health Department. It’s better to be safe than sorry!