Avoid Becoming Sick

Sep 01, 09 Avoid Becoming Sick
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As the number of swine flu cases grows, many people are worried about the possibility of a pandemic.  The possibility of a terribly destructive flu season is warranted.  This strain is resilient and adaptable.  In addition, the loss of productivity because of sickness is typically in the billions.  Many of us cannot afford to get sick.  Although there are many articles listing various products that will help you avoid becoming sick, many of the most effective ways to stay healthy are simple commonsense.

Get a Flu Shot

In the last few years, there has been a shortage of flu shots.  Yet if you can obtain one, flu shots are one of the best ways to avoid getting sick.  Those in at-risk groups, young children, seniors, and others, should always get their flu shot early.  Many of the older flu vaccines have become ineffective against the newer, more virulent flu strains.  Therefore, if you obtain a flu shot, make sure that it is a new flu shot.

Wash Your Damn Hands

This cannot be stressed enough.  Probably one of the most singularly effective ways to avoid becoming sick, hand washing is essential.  When you are wondering how many times should you wash them, think of Monk.  Think obsessive compulsive.  Wash your hands before, during, and after food preparation.  Wash your hands before and after you eat.  Wash your hands after using the restroom.  Wash your hands even more if you are living with someone who is sick.

Clean Exposed Surfaces

Although the use of antibacterial soaps and hand-gels is partially responsible for the new resistant flu strains, it is important to frequently clean surfaces that people in your home touch often.  This includes doorknobs, countertops, and sinks.  Commercial cleaners are fine, but you should look into greener solutions such as white vinegar and baking soda.

Stay Home or Stay Away

If you get sick, please stay home.  The Protestant Work Ethic dictates that something like “a little flu” shouldn’t prevent you from missing work.  However, none of your co-workers wants to get sick because you have something to prove.  If you are in the unfortunate position of not having paid sick leave, still stay home.  You will recover faster if you take a few days and get truly healthy again.

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