Yesterday, we presented facts about this year’s seasonal flu. Today, we talk about symptoms and prevention.
What are the signs and symptoms of flu?
Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, but in rare cases can be fatal death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) people who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills (although not everyone with flue will have a fever)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (very tired)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
How does the flu spread?
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.
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How long is a person with flu contagious?
You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.
How can employees prevent flu?
Aside from getting vaccinated, employees can also take everyday measures to prevent getting flu. CDC recommends the following steps:
- 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 rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, 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 without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
Is there treatment if you get sick with the flu?
Yes. If you get sick, there are drugs that can treat flu illness. They are called antiviral drugs and they can make your illness milder and help you feel better faster. They also can prevent serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia.
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Training for Consistent Compliance
With flu season come absences. And that means make-up training. BLR’s Safety Training Presentations makes it easy to set up make-up sessions for a few trainees, or even just one. Training sessions can be used in group settings or be used as self-paced modules for individual training.
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Each lesson also includes completion certificates, sign-in sheets, evaluation forms, and training records. In short, it contains everything you need to motivate, reinforce, retain, and transfer new knowledge—and document that you did so.
Safety Training Presentation topics covered include:
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Back Safety
- Emergency Action
- Fire Prevention
- Portable Power Tool Safety
- Forklift Operator Safety
- Confined Space Safety
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- Respiratory Protection
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Of course, training needs change as OSHA introduces new requirements or as new work practices and technologies bring new hazards. To cover this, you receive a new CD every 90 days you’re in the program, each containing five additional or updated topics.
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We’ve arranged for Advisor subscribers to get a no-cost, no-obligation look at Safety Training Presentations for 30 days. Feel free to try a few lessons with your own trainees. Please let us know, and we’ll be glad to set it up.