Flu Season

For information about the Coronavirus please see ourCoronavirus (COVID-19) page. 

The Stay at Home Toolkit for Influenza a PDF booklet from Virginia Department of Health. 

Cover your Cough and Sneeze Wash Your Hands

Practical Tips for Staying Healthy

There are many things you can do to minimize your risk without holing up like a hermit. Here are a few of the precautions we take every day:

  • Wash your hands. A lot. Soap between your fingers, don't forget your thumbs and finger tips. Sing the Alphabet Song while applying soap, then rinse.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Monitor your temperature. If it spikes, stay home from work out of consideration for other commuters and your coworkers.
  • Wear leather gloves at the gas pump
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Shower and shampoo as soon as you get home, and put the clothes you were wearing straight into the hamper. Set yourself and your family up to make this easy. Put a hamper by the door, and hang clean robes for each family member to use from the door to the shower.
  • Leave your shoes at the door. (Have a set of indoor slippers at the ready if your floor's cold.
  • Carry your own pen for signing receipts when you're shopping.
  • Learn to use smart phone pay systems, and get them set up now so you can avoid having to touch the credit card swiper or sign anything at checkout counters or gas stations.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces two to five times a day, depending on the number of people using them. Surfaces would include doorknobs, countertops (don't forget the edges), light switches, shared keyboards and mouses, printer keypads, shared phones, water cooler buttons, fridge handles, sink handles, toilet handles, remote controls and all on/off switches.
  • Wipe down tablets or smart phones frequently through the day, especially if you share them with others.
  • If someone in your house isn't well, separate their toothbrush, give them separate hand towels, launder bedding frequently (wear a face mask while in their room, handling the bedding and laundry), consider using disposable/compostable dishes, utensils and papertowels.
  • Air out the building (or the office, floor, classroom) once a day for about 15-20 minutes. It's a short time of being chilly, but it pays off with not breathing in stuffy air full of everything your coworkers or family have been exhaling!
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow. Teach your kids to to this. Remind friends and coworkers to do this, too.
  • Maintain good toothbrush hygiene! Replace your toothbrush regularly — especially after an illness, and keep your toothbrush covered when not in use.
  • Get a good night's sleep. Lack of sleep may profoundly impact your body's immune function.