15 Ways to Prevent Cold and Flu in the Workplace

Save your sick days, here are some ways to prevent the cold and flu at work


By now you probably know someone that has suffered from the cold and flu. The flu is usually spread from person to person through a cough or sneeze. However, there are other ways to contract the virus and more ways to prevent it!

The virus is usually festering in the immune system before we even know we have contracted it. The good news is that we can prevent the virus from forming by doing small things such as washing our hands and cleaning our work surfaces.[slideshow:82265]

Just because you have exposed yourself to the virus doesn’t mean you will get sick. I know it sounds crazy… but it’s true. If you keep your immune system in tip-top shape, you can easily avoid the virus. This could easily be the determining factor in whether you get sick and, if you are sick, how long it will take to recover.

CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever has gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol®. You should avoid going to work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.

Tip: Don’t forget to take your vitamins! Vitamin D is essential to ensuring a strong immune system. It has been proven that those who are Vitamin-D-deficient are more likely to contract the virus.


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