Construction Worker’s Guard against Deadly Flu Strains

Many countries around the globe are grappling with a severe strain of the flu that has seen many workers call in sick, resulting in a reduction in productivity and a negative effect on the bottom line.

The “killer” flu has swept across America and is likely to travel to other parts of the world including Australia, if it hasn’t done so already.

Construction workers need to guard themselves against this deadly strain of the flu which has already killed 20 children in the USA.

Construction workers and the general public are being urged to get the vaccine before Winter arrives. The vaccines are made up especially each year to target the most dominant strains of that year. At the moment Influenza A strain is the most common, but Influenza B and the H1N1 swine flu still prominently occur.

Australians can look to what is happening in America and the strains that are active there as a precursor of what is to come in Australia once the flu season hits.

Read what this post on News.com.au that explains the situation:

Twenty children have died from the H2N3 virus that has swept across most of the country, there are vaccine shortages, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency.

There have already been five times as many cases reported in New York as there were in the entire flu season last year, and it’s not clear if the season has yet peaked.

Golden Globe winner Hugh Jackman is among those hit, and he said he was still battling the strain that had “swept the entire west coast” of the US.

The Australian Medical Association said the overseas experience was a “forewarning” for Australia.

“Last time the flu season peaked early (in the US) there were 50,000 deaths,” he said.

“We do tend to parallel the Northern Hemisphere in the south so it’s a forewarning that we need to get in early and vaccinate this year. “

Dr Hambleton said the flu would still come in our winter, but that widespread vaccination would protect the vulnerable and reduce the effects in the healthy.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health-fitness/the-devastating-flu-outbreak-in-the-us-could-be-on-its-way-here/story-fneuzlbd-1226553667432#ixzz2Hz6It6aj

The post also highlights the fact that tens of thousands of Australians get the flu each year and many are hospitalised and some even succumb to the illness. Those that are most vulnerable are the elderly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, pregnant women and anyone with an underlying health problem and a lowered immune system.

In addition to getting the flu vaccine, there are other steps construction workers can take in ensuring their health.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people and if you are sick, stay at home until your fever is gone.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the bin immediately after using it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because this is one of the ways germs spread
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

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