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Monday, September 28, 2009

Preventing Illness at the Workplace

Last week, we blogged that the vaccine for H1N1 has been approved by officials and will likely be distributed first to those who need it most: children and health workers, among others. Although the vaccine may not be available on a widespread basis for some time, we can all take common-sense precautions to avoid transmitting the virus.

Most of you probably know that it's important to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, wash your hands frequently, and avoid contact with those who are ill. But there's one precaution you may forget: Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth. An article in today's USA Today explores the importance of following this advice.

Researchers have observed that we touch our faces constantly--far more than we think. It's unclear to what extent influenza can be transmitted from hands to face, but as we do our best to stay healthy this flu season, I think it pays to break the face-touching habit.

In our own office building, we've placed informational flyers in public places (especially restrooms) to remind everyone to wash their hands frequently. What have you done to help your employees stay healthy?

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