Safety Training: Surviving Flu Season

Safety Training: Surviving Flu Season

Once a quarter each church or institution is required to hold a safety training. These trainings are required by California law. You can learn more about them in the Illness and Injury Prevention Program (our safety manual for the diocese). We recently held our quarterly safety training at the Office of the Bishop. This quarter, our training was on surviving the cold and flu season.

"Each year workers in healthcare settings attend to, on average, more than 200,000 patients hospitalized for influenza-related complications. These workers also treat patients seeking medical care in clinics, pediatricians’ offices, and other ambulatory healthcare settings" ("Influenza", Washington State Department of Industries). 

As a staff, we watched this video  in which Dr. William Schaffner, President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), discusses ways to get your Flu Vaccine.  He also shares that you can use to use the Flu Finder to find out where to get your flu vaccine.

We also read an article from About, "Prevent or Treat Cold and Flu" by  Dr. Mona Khanna.  This article highlighted the difference between a cold and the flu, and shared information about antiviral medication now available to treat the flu.  It also talked about important strategies to prevent sharing a cold or flu with co-workers or family members.  Additionally, the article warned against treating either a cold or the flu with antibiotics, since both are caused by a virus. 


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