February Issue
February 05, 2014

Take proper precautions during flu season

Source: NYSUT United

The flu season in New York ratcheted up at the end of December 2013 as lab-confirmed influenza cases increased 119 percent in one week and reached widespread levels.

Schools, colleges, health care facilities and other buildings frequented by the public are particularly vulnerable to the spread of communicable diseases like the flu. While you may be "sick" of hearing about how to protect yourself, reminders are important to help maintain good habits that will prevent illness.

Personal hygiene tips

• Get vaccinated against the flu.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Encourage respiratory etiquette among students, clients and staff through education.

Cleaning tips

Increase the frequency of cleaning surfaces or objects that are touched often, such as desks, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning devices and phones.

The CDC recommends using regular cleaning products for most flu control and to use disinfectants with discretion. Clean surfaces before disinfecting. Most disinfectants do not work on a dirty surface.

— Wendy Hord