Tips to Avoid the Flu

  • Get a Flu Shot!
    The CDC recommends that people over the age of 6 months get an annual flu shot.
  • Avoid close contact.
    Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, avoid close contact with others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
    If possible, stay home from work, school, day care, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose.
    Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, then drop it in the trash. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve rather than your hands.
  • Wash your hands often.
    Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    Sickness if often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated wiith germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Other ways to stay healthy:
    Get plenty of sleep, eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly, drink plenty of fluids, manage your stress level, clean and disinfect frequently touched services.