Flu PreventionPersonal Prevention
Your health is in your own two (clean!) hands, so follow this flu prevention advice from health experts.
Avoid the flu
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- If tissues aren't available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough, sneeze or touch shared surfaces. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective (60+% alcohol).
- Clean shared surfaces (doorknobs, keyboards, phones, etc.) with disinfectant.
- Do not share cups, eating utensils, smoking paraphernalia, lip balm, etc.
- Try to avoid close contact (*see below*) with sick people. Keep a distance of about 6 feet if possible.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Get a seasonal flu vaccine.
- Strengthen your immune system: eat a balanced diet; exercise on a regular basis; get plenty of rest.
- Follow public health advice regarding avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
- Find healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety.
Close contact includes any contact between persons likely to result in exposure to respiratory droplets. Examples include
- sharing eating or drinking utensils
- kissing or hugging
- sharing lip balms, smoking paraphernalia or other things that touch the mouth or nose