Safety Short: Influenza (The Flu)

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The Flu infects the body's respiratory system, including the nose, throat, airways, and lungs and is caused by the influenza virus. Influenza viruses are divided into three types – Influenza A, Influenza B, and Influenza C. Influenza needs the cells of a host, such as a human or animal, and to sustain itself, and the virus needs to keep moving from one host to another. Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly may help prevent this and many other types of illnesses and infections. This course was developed and reviewed with subject matter support provided by certified subject matter experts and industry professionals. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.


  • identify key characteristics of 3 types of influenza
  • recognize the most effective way to protect yourself against the flu
  • identify best practices to use when washing your hands to protect yourself and others from exposure to infectious germs


  • Influenza (The Flu)
  • Handwashing