It's Still Flu Season.
Posted on: February 4, 2019
It's Still Flu Season
As a licensed massage therapist, you work to improve the overall health and well-being of your clients. Massage therapy can enhance their mobility and flexibility as well as lower their levels of stress. With all you do for their health, it is important to be careful about your own health, especially during flu season.
Depending on the year, the flu season can begin as early as October and end as late as May. It is important to get the flu vaccine to prevent the most common strains of flu. Even if you forgot to do it in the fall, there is still a protective benefit when you get the flu shot in January or February.
Massage brings you into close contact with your clients, which makes it that much easier to catch and pass the flu virus. If a client seems sick, it is better to postpone the appointment until he or she feels better. Common flu symptoms to watch for are
- A runny nose
- A sore Throat
- Feeling tired and achy
Just as clients with these symptoms should not come to your office, you need to stay home if you have any of these symptoms. No one wants to receive the flu with their massage.
During flu season, there are important precautions you should take to keep viruses from spreading. Be sure to wash your hands or treat them with hand sanitizer between clients. Disinfect surfaces and change linens before the start of a new appointment. Although staying hydrated is important, keep your water bottle away from the client area.
Whether you are a spa student just getting started or a licensed massage therapist, you cannot help your clients’ health if you are not healthy yourself. With a little care and a few precautions, you can keep the flu out of your massage room.