Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

What can adults do in the workplace to prevent the spread of the flu virus?

The first thing adults should do to help prevent the spread of the flu virus in the workplace is to get their yearly flu vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the vaccine protects against three flu viruses that research has shown will be the most common during the coming flu season.

Everyone 6 months old and older should get the vaccine, unless you are one of the few people with an adverse reaction, according to the CDC.

Another was to fight the spread of the flu virus in the workplace is to take preventive steps.

Some preventive actions that you can take to prevent the spread of the flu, according to the CDC, include:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect shared workspace and other surfaces, including doorknobs, phones and pens
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue of your elbow when you sneeze or cough
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash your hands with soap and water (or hand sanitizer if you don’t have soap) often

One other way to prevent the spread of the flu in the workplace is to take antiviral medications when symptoms first occur and if your doctor prescribed them, according to the CDC. Antiviral drugs are not antibiotics, but they can help make the sickness shorter and the symptoms milder.

Talk to your doctor for more ideas on how to prevent spreading the flu in your workplace.

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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

Sally S. McIntyre, MD

Sally S. McIntyre, MD

Belmont Physicians

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Guillermo "Bill" Trevino, MD

Guillermo "Bill" Trevino, MD

Miami County Internal Medicine

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