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ON-SITE FLU SHOTS

Pullman, WA 

Free flu shots are available at our Flu Shot Clinic for all U.S. employees and family members seven years and older who are covered under SEL's insurance.

Click here to register for a flu shot appointment 

 

If you are a patient of the SEL Health Clinic and are not able to attend but would like to receive a flu shot, please call 509.338.3800 to register an appointment for yourself and your insured family members.

 

 


FLU SHOTS IN THE U.S.

Our SEL health insurance covers your flu vaccine at 100% at your local pharmacy or your in-network primary care office!

If you are an SEL employee located outside of the Palouse, and you used to register for your *FREE Costco flu shot voucher, please note this is no longer an offering they are providing. 

Please contact the SEL Health Clinic at +1.509.338.3800 with any questions or concerns.

 

Working From Home Ergonomics

As many SEL employees have transitioned to work from home, many of us likely do not have the same workstation setup at home that is available in our typical offices (dual monitors, height adjustable desk, sit-stand desk, ergonomic keyboard/mouse, ergonomic chair, etc.), but you can still make simple changes to your workstation using things you already have in your home to make it more ergonomically friendly. Please use these step-by-step guidelines to set-up your in-home workstation.

Step 1: The Chair

- Use a padded/cushioned chair. If you don’t have a cushioned one, place a thin pillow underneath your seat to make it comfortable.

- Adjust the seat height so your feet are flat on the floor. Use a footrest or box to support your feet if your feet cannot reach the floor.

- Add a pillow to the back of the chair if needed, so your lower back (lumbar region) is supported.

- Lean back into the chair, so the angle between your torso and thighs is 90 - 120 degrees.

Step 2: Keyboard and Mouse

- It is better to use an external keyboard and mouse rather than a laptop keyboard and touchpad.

- Position the keyboard directly in front of you. Place the mouse as close as possible to the keyboard.

- Adjust the keyboard height so that your shoulders are relaxed, your elbows are in a slightly open position (100° to 110°).

- Keep your wrists straight, maintain a good and neutral wrist posture.

- A palm support/rest can help maintain neutral postures and pad hard surfaces.

- Use the keyboard tray tilt mechanism to adjust the tilt. If your forearms and hands are lower than your elbows then tilt your keyboard away from you at a negative angle. If your forearms and hands are slightly higher than your elbows, a slight positive tilt will help maintain straight wrist positions.

Step 3: Monitor(s)

- If available, use external monitor(s) instead of laptop monitor.

- Position the top of the monitor(s) at about eye height. (If you wear progressive or bifocal lenses, lower the monitor to a comfortable reading level). Raise your monitor into proper height using things available in you home: books, boxes, etc.

- Place the monitor directly in front of you. Position the monitor(s) at least an arm's length away and then adjust the distance for your vision.

- Tilt the monitor so the top of the screen is slightly farther away from you than the screen bottom.

- Reduce glare by positioning the monitor(s) at right angles to window or light sources

Step 4: Laptop
- If using laptop is your only option, use it on a desk or a table instead of on your lap or on the bed.

- Raise the screen into a proper height (top of the screen at about eye height) by books, boxes, etc.

- Make you own “Sit-Stand Desk”: A benefit of using a laptop is you can easily move it onto an elevated surface and make it become a standing workstation.
 
Step 5:  Work Practices, Pauses and Breaks
- Minimize fatigue and discomfort by alternating tasks and frequently changing body postures. Sitting is a dynamic activity – the best posture is your next posture!

- Take short, frequent breaks away from your computer. Do in-home stretching exercises. Simple stretches can be found at the Mayo Clinic website: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adulthealth/multimedia/stretching/sls-20076525

- Avoid eye fatigue by blinking often and periodically refocusing on distant objects.

- 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes spent looking at a screen, a person should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.