Faculty-Staff Digest - (01/14/2013  @ 5:30 PM)

UGH...THE FLU!!! (Cindy Bessmer)

We are well into the flu season here in Maine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone get an annual flu vaccination. If you have not yet had your flu shot, it is not too late to get vaccinated. Many area pharmacies are offering flu shot clinics and will directly bill your health insurance carrier (e.g., Anthem). Be sure to call first and talk to a pharmacy representative to make sure the vaccine is currently available at a certain location. Many primary care physician practices are offering flu shots, so you can check with your PCP, too.

If you do not feel well, please do not come to work. The flu is spread from person to person via coughing, sneezing, or even talking with someone with the flu. Flu viruses are also spread when people touch something with the flu virus on it (e.g., phone, computer, etc) and then touch their face, eyes, nose, or mouth.

Some of the best preventive actions you can take while at work are: to wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; cover your nose or mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

PLEASE take good care of yourself!