According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Influenza is unpredictable. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one season to another. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May.
You can protect yourself and others by taking these preventative measures:
- Get Vaccinated. By getting the flu vaccine each year, you will not only protect yourself but others who are not able to get the vaccine.
- Avoid Close Contact. You will want to keep your distance from those who are sick. If you are sick, avoid close contact with others and stay home if you can.
- Wash your Hands. The use of soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs will help protect you from germs and from spreading them to others. Proper handwashing is important before touching your mouth, nose, or eyes and especially after blowing or wiping your nose. Sneezing or coughing into the inside of your elbow instead of your hands is also a great way to avoid the spread of germs.
- Remove Germs from Surfaces. Make a habit of wiping down frequently touched surfaces at home and at work. Take advantage of the wipes at stores to clean off the handle of carts to remove any germs that may have been left behind.
- Protective Wear. Wear a mask and use gloves, when appropriate, in the workplace to reduce the risk of spreading the flu virus and other germs.
At Wesley Enhanced Living, we require our employees, volunteers, students, contracted clinical professionals and credentialed medical professionals to be vaccinated every year. We take these measures to protect our residents, employees, volunteers, and anyone who visits our communities from influenza.
At Wesley Enhanced Living, we have cultivated an environment where you are able to build meaningful relationships, create lasting bonds, and have the ability to truly connect to our mission of making an impact in the lives of others.