With fall chills comes Influenza (flu) season. According to the CDC, flu season is in fall in winter and can peak anywhere from November to March.
The flu is much more severe than the common cold and can cause a high fever, cough, body aches, chills, and extreme fatigue. The flu can also lead to complications like pneumonia, especially in the very young, elderly, pregnant women, immune compromised, and people with other chronic diseases
According to OSHA, you should stay home from work (or keep kids out of school) if you have a fever and other respiratory symptoms. A fever is 100.00 Fahrenheit or higher. You should stay home for at least 24 hours after symptoms ends.
According to OSHA and the CDC, since the flu can spread easily, you should take these steps to protect yourself and your coworkers:
1. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose
2. Cover all coughs and sneezes into your elbow (not your hand).
3. Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and hot water.
4. Frequently disinfect common office surfaces such as: kitchen appliances, printer buttons, phones, keyboards, and door handles.
5. Avoid using coworkers phones, keyboards, or other equipment.
6. Eat healthy, get plenty of rest, and get the seasonal flu vaccine.
To learn more, please contact your doctor or visit the CDC’s website.