I encouraged you to get a flu shot at the end of November, but if you haven’t got one yet it’s not too late. Walgreens, CVS, Publix, and even Target offer flu shots, and reports indicate that Central Florida’s already experiencing a record number of cases of flu and pneumonia. I know you can’t drive more than a mile or two without passing one of these pharmacies so stop in and get vaccinated.
In addition to getting a vaccination, you should take the following precautions:
Wash your hands frequently. Soap and warm water work best, but if they aren’t available use an alcohol based hand sanitizer. You may want to keep some handy.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs are spread when you touch your face.
Gargle. Gargling with warm salt water is an easy, painless way to avoid the discomfort associated with a sore throat, but experts recommend daily gargling to prevent sore throats. In fact, studies show gargling with salt water daily can reduce respiratory infections by up to 40%.
Finally, stay home if you’re ill and if your coworkers come to work sick, keep your distance.