Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Catching the Flu
The best way to prevent the spread of the influenza virus is by practicing good personal hygiene and getting vaccinated yearly. Here are some hygiene tips:
Wash your hands with soap and warm water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Wash your hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom; and after changing diapers; before during, and after preparing food; after wiping your nose or someone else's nose; and especially after sneezing and/or coughing into your hands.
Keep fingers away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Put used tissues in the trash, and wash your hands.
Stay away from those who are ill.
Stay away from others if you are ill.
If at all possible, stay home from work and school to avoid making others sick.
Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water or other liquids.
If someone in your household does get the flu, talk to your health care provider about anti-viral medications.