There are some basic precautions that everyone can take to minimize the chance of coming down with the flu.
Wash your hands
Washing hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is the most effective way to avoid germs.
Get the seasonal flu vaccination
Even if you’re young and healthy, you will benefit from getting the flu vaccine. The Center for Disease Control recommends that people get their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as vaccine becomes available in their community. Vaccination puts protective antibodies in place to help your body fight the flu.
At home: If someone at home is sick, kindly ask him or her to cover the mouth when coughing and sneezing. Doing so will help limit the spread of the germs. Use a tissue if one is handy, or use the inner elbow.
At work: If you are sick, your colleagues will thank you if you stay home while you recover. That helps prevent germs from spreading around the office.
NSMC Flu Fighters
Watch the NSMC Flu Fighters in action!
NSMC employees follow strict protocols for maintaining cleanliness in all areas. They are diligent about keeping their hands clean, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer many times a day. A very high percentage have also have received influenza vaccinations.
NSMC's Marketing and Public Affairs department recently created a short, humorous video called The Flu Fighters to illustrate the various ways NSMC caregivers and general staff maintain a germ-free environment.