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Staying Healthy in a “High-Severity” Flu Season


Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers advocate staying healthy during flu season. No one wants the flu. But staying healthy – even if you have had a flu shot – is a matter of being prepared and taking precautions. It is estimated that 80,000 people died during the 2017/2018 flu season, which was considered “high-severity.”

But if you are careful, you can avoid the flu (influenza), which is a respiratory illness that affects the nose, throat, and lungs.

The flu can range from mild to severe and can be deadly. It is spread when people with the infection cough, sneeze, or even talk – and it can be passed by an infected person who is not even aware yet that they have it. That’s why it is especially important to be cautious during flu season.

Even though it is possible to get the flu if you have been vaccinated, the flu vaccine dramatically reduces the risk. Between 2016 and 2017, the CDC estimated that approximately 47 percent of the population was vaccinated. They believe that this helped to prevent approximately 5.3 million illnesses, 2.6 million influenza-related medical visits, and 85,000 flu-associated hospitalizations.

Many businesses offer flu vaccinations to their employees; but even if your workplace does not offer this perk, the vaccine is available at many places, such as pharmacies, health clinics, and at your health care provider’s office.

There are other steps you can also take to prevent the flu, including:

  • Avoid close contact with infected people
  • Stay home if you suspect you have the flu
  • Wash your hands frequently, using warm soapy water and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, as you can infect yourself with flu germs this way
  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing, and ask others to do the same.
  • Make sure that frequently touched surfaces at work, such as phones and computer keyboards, are routinely cleaned
  • Urge your employer to have supplies including alcohol-based hand sanitizer, tissues, and soap on hand

If you suffered an illness or an injury on the job, please call the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP at 215-512-1500 or 267-589-0090. You can also complete an online form for a free evaluation of your case. Our offices are centrally located in Philadelphia.