| Winter 2006

Personal Tips for Weathering a Flu Pandemic

  1. Wash your hands. Use warm water and a germ-killing soap to wash your hands for 10 to 15 seconds several times a day.
  2. Keep a clean house. Use disposable paper towels and disinfectant.
  3. Take care of yourself. Eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, exercise as allowed by your physician, get plenty of rest, manage stress and avoid smoking.
  4. Prepare for an extended stay at home. Create an emergency contact list, and stock up on water, non-perishable food, pet food, baby food, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, first aid kits and other essentials.
  5. Avoid spreading germs. Stay home if you are genuinely sick. Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  6. Be proactive. See your doctor as soon as possible if you have a fever, aches, pains, exhaustion or other flu symptoms.
  7. Ask about vaccines and antivirals. Ask your doctor about medications for existing bird flu strains.
  8. Prepare poultry safely. It is safe to eat properly handled and cooked poultry, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Call (888) 674-6854 for more information.
  9. Plan for a disruption of important services. Banks, restaurants, hospitals, emergency rooms and vital public services such as transportation may be unavailable during a pandemic.
  10. Educate yourself. Click here for more information on preparing yourself and your family for a bird flu pandemic. Click here for more information on business preparedness. You can also call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hotline at (800) 232-4636 and click here to find out what our state government is doing to prepare.

COMPNEWS - Winter 2006
Bird Flu: What it Means to Your Business
Personal Tips for Weathering a Flu Pandemic
New Claim Teams Help Cut Costs
Your Role in the Return-to-Work Process
President's Message: Fifteen Years of Service to Texas
Fraud-Fighting Corner
State increases fixed payroll, weekly benefit rates
Learn more about the workers’ comp system
Legislature gets set to kick off 2007 session

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