New research shows that if there is one thing most workers can count on this cold and flu season, it’s that a co-worker is more than likely to get them sick.
Despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that those who become sick with a flu-like illness should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone, about 60 percent of employees go to work anyway.
That is true whether you work in an office or a health-care facility.
Flu vaccinations of health-care personnel as well as their patients combined with basic infection control practices can help prevent the spread of illness.
These steps include hand washing, hand sanitizing and using disinfecting wipes.
Germs can be spread throughout the workplace and elsewhere when people touch “germ hot spots” — such as an elevator button, stair railing or snack vending machine — that have been contaminated by people who are ill.
The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu shot. Health-care workers especially need to protect themselves and their patients by being vaccinated.
Don’t let your medical office get caught short on its flu vaccine supply this flu season.