The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated every year, as soon as the
flu vaccine is available in your area. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) also recommends six ways you can prevent germ spread:
- Avoid close contact. Keeping your distance from
friends and family who are sick can keep you from getting sick, as well.
- Stay home when you’re sick. If you do get sick, staying home
is your best bet. Not only will proper rest help you get better,
but it also cuts down the number of people who come in contact
with the virus.
- Cover your mouth and nose. When coughing or
sneezing, you can cut down on germ spread by covering
your mouth and nose with a tissue or even your sleeve.
- Clean your hands. Cleaning your hands often is key to
preventing the flu. Wash your hands with soap and water
or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to kill germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. This is
one of the most common ways flu is spread.
- Practice other good health habits. Keeping physically
active, getting plenty of sleep, managing stress, eating well
and drinking plenty of fluids are just a few ways that you can
stay healthy this flu season.
Another way to help avoid the flu is with the CDC’s free FluView
app at www.cdc.gov/flu/apps/fluview-mobile-app.htm. Through this app, you can see how severe flu outbreaks are in
your area during the flu season.