The Ultimate Guide to Protecting Yourself from the Flu in the Office

Apr 13

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The Daily Guru Team

How Do you avoid getting the Flu in the Office?

Flu season always seems to come with a vengeance. If you work in an office setting, chances are good that colleagues have started sneezing, coughing and spreading germs around. It’s understandable if you started worrying about catching the flu yourself; however, there are several simple methods you can take to stay healthy, productive and free from illness throughout this flu season.

In this post, we’ll cover several effective strategies to ensure everyone stays healthy, productive and flu-free all winter.

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Avoid the flu

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Get A Flu Shot

The most effective way to protect yourself from flu complications is by getting vaccinated.

Flu shots are widely available at pharmacies, doctor’s offices and clinics and many workplaces offer employee vaccination programs that already provide workplace flu shots to employees. But even if your workplace doesn’t offer this benefit, remember that getting vaccinated not only keeps you healthy but also shields those around you who may be more susceptible than others to complications from influenza – such as young children, the elderly, pregnant women or those with chronic medical conditions.

Vaccinating not only keeps you healthy but also protects those around you who could get worse from exposure due to flu viruses, like young children, elderly individuals, pregnant women or those with chronic medical conditions. Getting vaccinated not only helps protect those around you who might be more susceptible than usual.


Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is key to staying healthy and hydrated in the office, especially during flu season. Water helps flush out toxins from your system and keeps everything running optimally. Plus, it thins mucus in nasal passageways, which could prevent infections. Keep a water bottle handy at all times, and aim to drink at least 8-10 cups of liquid daily.


Maintain A Clean Workspace

Office desks and equipment can be breeding grounds for germs and bacteria, so it’s essential to keep your workspace clean and disinfected. Use disinfectant wipes regularly on desks, keyboards, and mice if someone has been using them while sick; avoid touching your face, nose or mouth while at work, as this is how germs spread quickly. Keeping your workspace tidy is an essential step towards staying healthy during flu season.


Take Breaks And Get Fresh Air

Regular breaks throughout the workday can prevent burnout, reduce stress, and boost productivity. It’s also a great opportunity to get some fresh air and stretch your legs. Stepping outside for a few minutes of fresh air helps clear your mind and reduces infection risks; aim to take at least one break every hour so you have time to move around, stretch, and breathe in some fresh air.


Practise Good Hygiene

Good hygiene is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from flu-like symptoms. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the restroom, eating, and blowing your nose or coughing. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing; discard used tissues promptly. If you don’t have access to tissues, cough into your elbow instead of your hand.

These simple habits will help reduce germ spread and keep you healthy during flu season.


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By following these five straightforward steps, you can protect yourself from flu and other illnesses that may spread around the office during flu season. While staying healthy requires effort and focus, the rewards of staying healthy during this period are invaluable – healthy employees who remain productive and focused all year round! With some basic precautions taken during flu season, staying healthy, productive, and focused is easier than ever!

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I'm Rebecca Sparks - Founder of The Daily Guru. I'm also a Self Development Coach,
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