becoming ill is to avoid crowded settings and other situations that increase the risk of exposure to an infected individual. Since you must work in an environment with many others, stay healthy by observing good hygiene and distancing precautions, such as the following:
Stay home from work when you are ill.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitiser.
Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.Then, dispose of the tissue in a no-touch rubbish bin.
Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser aftercoughing or sneezing.
Clean frequently touched surfaces (telephones, computers and keyboards).
If you need to wear gloves, wash your hands after removing them.
Do not use other workers’ supplies unless it is absolutely necessary.
Minimise group meetings if people are ill use email, phones and text messaging instead. If meetings are required, avoid close contact with others and ensure the meeting rooms are properly ventilated.
Limit unnecessary visitors in the workplace.
Avoid shaking hands and always wash your hands after physical contact with others.
In addition to following these tips, it is imperative to get a flu jab each year. The NHS provides free flu vaccinations to the following high-risk people:
People aged 65 or over
People with a serious medical condition
Care home residents
Health care professionals
Visit the NHS’ website at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/Pages/Introduction.aspx
for more information on how to keep yourself safe during the flu season.