Safety Tip of the Week: Take preventative actions to fight the flu


Hands covered with suds in sink demonstrating washing of hands

This week, Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, shares information about preventative actions to fight the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges the public to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu). In addition to a recommended yearly flu vaccine, the CDC recommends:

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Visit CDC’s website to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu.