Dr. Karen’s Flu Advice

This flu season has hit hard, and the 9Health office is no exception. Just today, we have 7 members of our staff out sick. Yikes!

Dr. Karen Polsky, our Director of Health Strategy, sent out a note to our staff that we think is worth sharing with all of you. Keep reading…

It’s Fast and Furious

Influenza generally hits hard and fast. Basically, you are well, and then suddenly, you are sick. (Other viral illnesses tend to evolve slowly.) Some of those abrupt symptoms you may experience are fever, headache, body aches and fatigue – along with a cough and nasal congestion.

Stay Home

If you are sick, stay home! The official recommendation for influenza is that you stay home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (without taking ibuprofen or Tylenol.) This is a highly contagious and serious illness. Remember that your co-workers may have underlying illnesses or have family members at home who do, which may put them at risk of serious complications. And when you do return to work, it is important to wash your hands frequently and wear a mask if coughing.

See a Doctor

If you think you have influenza, you should be evaluated by a healthcare provider early – that is, within 48 hours of symptoms appearing – to discuss the use of anti-viral therapy. To be effective, anti-viral therapy must be started within 48 hours of symptoms to be effective. You might want to call your doctor’s office as soon as you begin to experience symptoms.

Other Tips

  • Phone-in for meetings, if you feel like you can’t miss it
  • Disinfect common areas around the office
  • Wash your hands!!! (never hurts to repeat this one)

Remember – by taking care of yourself, you’re taking care of others. For anyone out there who is taking a sick day, we applaud you and wish you a quick recovery!