Top Ten Ways to Fight the Office Flu

Flu season is upon us once again, make sure you are keeping yourself healthy and safe this year with these simple tips and tricks.

Check List for Fighting the Office Flu:

  • Try not to touch elevator buttons with your fingers, use a tissue or a piece of your clothing instead 

  • Use a paper towel to open and close doors, especially the bathroom door (faucets, too). 

  • Keep your office kitchen clean

  • Avoid your colleagues’ keyboards and phones. 

  • Office materials – Copier machine, shared books, pens, staplers, etc. 

  • Prevention is key – Get a flu shot!!! It’s not too late! Many offices provide flu-shots in-house. It takes approximately two weeks for protection provided by the vaccination to begin. 

  • If you feel run-down and sick, stay home from work! People are most contagious during the first 2–3 days of contracting a cold and about 5 days after being infected with the flu – even before symptoms develop. 

  • Wash your hands with hot water for 20 seconds with soap, several times a day, especially following contact with the top office hot spots. 

  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, or rubbing our nose. 

  • Relax — stress can decrease immunity. 

  • Drink more water! Decrease sugar intake. Get more sleep. Take Vitamin C and D. 

  • Purchase new pens to replace old, as pens are laden with germs. 

  • Have cleaning wipes on hand to help employees keep germs under control between professional cleanings. 

  • Use hand sanitizer to battle back against sharing germs when shaking hands, sharing documents, eating together at company lunches, etc. 

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