Flu Season: A reminder


Nov 28, 2016 | EcoSure Food Safety Monitor

By Miriam Eisenberg, MS, RD, CP-FS

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While flu (human influenza) may not be a food safety issue, like norovirus, it can be transmitted around home, the community and the workplace. So a reminder to get your flu shot!

  • The flu is a respiratory infection accompanied with fever and often respiratory complications
  • It is transmitted from human to human
  • Most people have some immunity
  • Severe cases are more frequent in the older population, young children, and people with certain health conditions.
  • A flu vaccine cocktail is custom-assembled each year for the expected “flu” strains
  • Each year approximately 36,000 die from the common flu in the U.S.
  • Infected persons can give the flu to others:
    • One day prior to showing symptoms
    • Up to seven days after symptoms first appear
    • Most infectious during first three days of illness
  • How the flu is passed from person to person
    • Direct contact by touching an infected human
    • Indirectly by touching an object that an infected human touched
    • Droplet Transmission - large droplets generated by sneezing, coughing or talking. Occurs over a distance of 3-6 feet
    • Airborne Transmission
  • The flu can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death.
  • Prevention
    • Receiving a flu shot
    • Staying home when sick
    • Remind everyone that hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the transmission of disease


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