6 ways to outsmart the flu this season

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:

  1. Avoid close contact. Keeping your distance from friends and family who are sick can keep you from getting sick, as well.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. This is one of the most common ways flu is spread.
  6. 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.


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