Fall means the beginning of flu season. It is a good idea to make sure that you, your family, and your employees get vaccinated, but that may not be enough to protect you from all of the strains that you may encounter this fall and winter. You should take other precautions, such as washing your hands regularly, avoiding contact with sick people, and purchasing flu preparedness supplies to protect you.
One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the flu is to practice good hygiene. Washing hands and using hand sanitizer frequently can dramatically reduce people’s chance of catching the flu. A flu preparedness kit contains facial tissues, alcohol prep pads, hand sanitizer, and soap, as well as gloves and face masks.
If you or your employees need to care for an ill person, either at home or in a health care setting, it is important to cover yourself to prevent you from coming in contact with the flu virus. You can protect yourself by wearing coveralls with a hood, elastic wrists and ankles, and gloves. Coveralls are made from a breathable microporous film laminate to keep you and your employees comfortable. Nitrile exam gloves will allow you to protect yourselves while carrying out your jobs.
The flu virus can be spread through coughing and sneezing, so it is important that you and your employees also cover your faces to prevent you from getting sick. Pouch style masks will filter out bacteria and particles so you can breathe in clean air. The masks are held in place by knitted headbands, and large breathing chambers make breathing easier and cooler than it is with other masks.
Particulate respirator masks with valves offer protection and comfort even when worn all day. They provide four levels of protection from dry and oily particulates, and exhalation valves release uncomfortable moist air.
The flu is expected to be a serious problem again this year. Take proactive steps now to protect yourself, your employees, and your family from the virus.
Ebola has also been in the news lately as it has affected many people overseas. While the chance of contracting Ebola in the United States is low, many of the same precautions that are used to protect health care workers from the flu can also prevent them from contracting Ebola if they should come in contact with a patient who has the virus.