Team up with us to prevent the spread of flu
Two strains of flu, seasonal flu and the H1N1 (Swine) flu, are currently circulating. Most healthy people recover from the flu without problems, but certain people are at high risk for serious complications. Flu symptoms may include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue. In H1N1 flu infection, vomiting and diarrhea may also occur. But taking a few simple precautions can reduce your risk significantly.
Tips to Stay Healthy During Flu Season
In our clubs
- Place a barrier such as a towel, between you and any equipment, especially mats.
- Wipe down the equipment after each use with disinfectant and a paper towel from our Commitment to Cleanliness stations on the fitness floor. It’s a courteous, healthy practice.
- Use the tissues provided in the locker rooms and reception areas. If tissues aren’t handy it’s recommended that you sneeze or cough into the inside of your elbow to prevent spreading germs to your hands.
- Stay fit. Exercise strengthens your immune system and reduces stress.
- Get vaccinated. Vaccination is the best protection against flu.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use the alcohol-based hand sanitizers – especially after coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Stay home if you get sick. The CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
- Stay informed. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/ for updates or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.
SOURCES: flu.gov, cdc.gov, National Post