A Greater Manchester school has been hit by a flu outbreak, with almost 250 pupils and teachers coming down with symptoms. The Manchester Evening News reports that the school, which has 1,200 pupils, was forced to cancel a planned inspection due to the outbreak and has written to parents, urging them to maintain standards of cleanliness to avoid the spread of infection.
Dr Martin Strudley, Medical Director for Sound Advice, part of the ELAS Group, says: “The flu virus is extremely contagious and can spread up to 6 feet through droplets from sneezing or coughing – it can even be spread through talking. In a school or workplace environment it can spread quickly, impacting both health and productivity.”
The best way to reduce exposure to flu in a workplace is to use basic hygiene procedures and avoid contact with ill people. Dr Strudley says: “Flu is an airborne virus so it’s important to always cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and cough/sneeze into your upper sleeve. Avoid touching your face as much as possible and, of course, the number one tip is to stay home if you are ill. There are other small changes which people can make to improve their overall health, which can also help ward off flu, including eating healthy food, drinking plenty of water, exercising and getting enough rest.”
Contact Sound Advice on 0845 862 8040 to find out where we are holding a flu clinic near you.