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10 on-the-job flu-fighting tips

The tight quarters and poor ventilation of many work environments can make you susceptible to colds and flu. Follow these 10 tips to stay well and productive this season:

  1. Wash your hands frequently. Hot water and soap are best, but if you don’t have easy access to a sink, keep alcohol-based disposable wipes or gel sanitizers on hand.
  2. Keep keyboards, telephones, doorknobs and surfaces that people touch frequently clean with a disinfectant and paper towels.
  3. If you can, crack open a window to air out your space.
  4. Make sure your workplace is stocked with plenty of tissues.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, where germs enter your system.
  6. Avoid close contact with someone who’s sick.
  7. Don’t smoke or allow smoking. If your office isn’t smoke-free, ask that it becomes so.
  8. Consider getting the flu vaccine. See Who Needs the Flu Vaccine? for guidelines.
  9. Eat well, exercise and get enough sleep. A healthy body is more likely to ward off germs than one that’s run-down.
  10. Finally, if you’re sick, stay home to recover and protect your co-workers.