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Flu Focus: Preparing and Protecting Facilities




It’s inevitable. We’ll wake up this winter with a sore throat, knowing we’ll soon be going through a box of tissues an hour and unable to taste that comforting dark chocolate mousse or the ill-advised ghost pepper enchiladas we ordered.

For maintenance and housekeeping managers in institutional and commercial facilities, the arrival of flu season involves reviewing and updating procedures designed to protect occupants and visitors from the perils of the flu and other airborne communicable diseases.

Click here to learn more about preparing facilities for flu seasons.

Cold and flu season spares few between now and spring, according to an article in the The New York Times.

“There are usually about 50 flu-like illnesses that circulate during flu season that can make you feel pretty miserable, but they’re not all the flu,” said Melody Butler, R.N., B.S.N., executive director of Nurses Who Vaccinate and an infection preventionist at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, New York.

Click here to learn more about protecting facilities from pandemics.

The best most can hope for is getting a brief cold instead of a more serious infection like the flu, an underappreciated danger that kills thousands each year. Now is the time to prepare. Take steps to reduce your and your family’s risk of sickness and assemble a flu and cold “survival kit” for when viruses come knocking.

This Quick Read was submitted by Dan Hounsell, editor-in-chief of Facility Maintenance Decisions, dan.hounsell@tradepressmedia.com.

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