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December 17, 2010

Safety Tip: Avoid the Flu at the Holidays

Seasonal flu activity already is increasing in some areas, just in time for company holiday parties, school programs and family reunions. Here are some tips from the Ryerson University School of Occupational and Public Health that can help you enjoy the holidays and avoid the flu:
  1. Do the air kiss. Greet your family and friends by giving them a hug and kissing the air near their cheek.
  2. Wash your hands. Always wash your hands before and after digging into the appetizers at a party.
  3. Don't use your fingers. Use serving spoons or forks to put food on your plate instead of just reaching for it.
  4. Get creative with your cups. Come up with fun ways to personalize cups so there aren't any mixups.
  5. Carry hand sanitizer. Viruses can survive hours to days on surfaces or your skin. Use alcohol gel to sanitize your hands before you eat or even touch your face, particularly your nose or mouth.
  6. Cough in your sleeve. If you feel a cough or sneeze coming on, direct it toward your sleeve to avoid spreading germs.
  7. Attending an event? Try to keep 3-6 feet away from other people. Instead of shaking hands or hugging, try greeting others with a friendly wave or the new health-inspired elbow greeting.
  8. Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep weakens your immune system and makes you more susceptible to illness. Aim for a consistent six to eight hours of sleep every night.
  9. Sick? Stay away. If you feel like you are coming down with a cold or flu, stay at home until you feel better.
  10. Cold or Flu? A cold can strike any time, but October to March is flu season. If your symptoms include a headache and high temperature, contact your health-care provider.
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