Pass the Disinfectant: It’s Flu Season

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    For those who work in an office setting, flu season is always dreaded. Close proximity to ill coworkers and unsavory hygiene habits of others can make those common areas like break rooms or water coolers breading grounds for germs.

    Besides hibernating for the next three to four months, there are steps you can take to avoid catching that bug this year. First, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest avoiding contact with people who are sick. When you feel ill, keep your distance from others to avoid spreading your bug. If possible, stay home from work, school and other errands when you are sick.

    Second, it’s always a good idea to practice good hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. This can prevent the accidental spread of germs. Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Use hot water and soap. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, which can make you sick if you have come in contact with a contaminated surface or object.

    Practice other good habits, such as frequent cleaning and disinfecting of your workspace and surfaces at home. This should be done even more often when someone at work or home is sick. Also be sure to get plenty of sleep, drink enough liquids and eat healthy, balanced meals.

    The CDC also recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in stopping the spread of the flu. While many different flu viruses are active in each given year, the vaccine protects against three or four of them. The CDC states that flu vaccinations can reduce illness, doctors’ visits, and missed work or school due to sickness.

    Most health insurance plans fully cover the cost of flu vaccines or may require you pay a small copay. Flu season is an excellent time to review your current health insurance policy to ensure you are adequately covered.

    Knowledgeable, independent insurance agents at BKCW are always available to answer any questions you may have about your current health insurance policy. We are also able to assist you in comparing your policy to a number of others available from a variety of providers, enabling you to see if your plan will hold up this flu season. Contact us to find out how you can obtain a health insurance policy with the best coverage at the most affordable rates.

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