Flu Season Guidance for State Employees
Health officials have reported an increase in flu activity in California in January 2013. Here's how you can help stop the spread of the flu and keep yourself and others healthy.
Get a flu shot
"The best defense against the flu is getting vaccinated," said Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Read the full news release from the Department of Public Health.
Keep yourself and others healthy
Besides getting vaccinated, the California Department of Public Health recommends:
While sick, limit contact with others. Stay home if you have influenza symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, or runny nose) to avoid infecting others. If you have influenza, stay home until you've been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications. Do not go back to work with a fever. A temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) is a fever.
Cover your coughs and sneezes (cough or sneeze into an arm or shoulder or into a tissue).
Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Those at highest risk - the elderly, pregnant women, infants, or those with other health conditions - who show flu symptoms should contact their physician immediately in order to get the most effective treatment. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.