With one of the worst cold and flu seasons upon us, I must admit I'm kicking myself for not getting a flu shot earlier. While many of my colleagues have succumbed to the dreaded bug, I've somehow managed to escape it thus far. I'd like to think it's more than just luck, but I can't say for sure. However, I am a firm believer in preventative measures. And for those of you managing a spa, it's even more important that you go to great lengths to keep your staff and clients healthy, as well. Here are a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that might help you keep your spa safe this season:
- Get vaccinated. Encourage your staff to get their flu shots. It not only helps cut down on sick days, but it also helps keep them from spreading the virus to unsuspecting spa-goers.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. This should be a no-brainer for therapists, front-desk staff, and anyone else working in your spa. If someone is sick, tell them to stay home for the sake of their fellow colleagues and clients.
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and remind your staff to do the same.
- Wash your hands often (and always between clients).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Practice other healthy habits, such as getting enough sleep, being physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious foods.