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Protect yourself and coworkers from the flu

Protect yourself and coworkers from the flu

Flu season is upon us, and the virulent virus is quickly making its way into a home or office near you. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), this year marks the earliest arrival of the seasonal flu in nearly a decade.

The CDC recommends that everyone six months or older get a flu shot to help curtail spread of infection.

"Getting vaccinated against influenza protects you and everyone you come in contact with," says Christie Bellak, coordinator of public health programs at Wayne State's Campus Health Center.

Simple strategies can keep the flu at bay this season: Cover your coughs and sneezes; wash hands frequently; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and clean surfaces often.

It's also important to be aware of your ailments. According to the CDC, most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to seven days after becoming sick. 

"All it takes is a few active particles in the air or on a desk," says Tom Perez, director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. "If you feel sick, it's best to just stay home."

Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly and can include:

• Fever
• Chills
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Muscle or body aches
• Headaches
• Fatigue
• Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)

Learn more at www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm or watch this informative video