How to prevent the flu besides the shot (VIDEO)



The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age or older, as the most important step to protecting you and your family from the flu.

But you can also take everyday preventive actions to protect yourself and others from getting sick:

Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw away the used tissue, and then wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not your hands. Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve helps prevent the spread of flu virus through the air and by the hands. Wearing a surgical mask when you are sick may also help lower the chances of spreading illness to others.

Wash your hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol to clean hands. It is especially important to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to prevent the spread of germs. Washing hands lowers the amount of flu virus that may spread when shaking hands or touching surfaces and objects, such as desks and doorknobs.

Stay home when you are sick. If you get sick, it is important to stay home so that you can get better quickly and not spread germs to others. If you get a fever, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of medicine that lowers fever. This will help ensure that your fever is truly gone and that you are past the point where you are likely to spread germs to others.

Keep your distance. Stay at least six feet away from sick people. Flu droplets can travel up to six feet, so keeping this distance from sick people can help lower your chance of becoming sick. Avoid places where a lot of people gather, such as concerts, festivals, and sporting events.

Clean surfaces and objects routinely. Routinely clean surfaces and objects that are touched often, including desks, doorknobs, railings, computer keyboards, and phones. Soap and water is all you need to kill flu viruses. A bleach and water solution or disinfectant with a label that says “EPA-approved” for killing bacteria and viruses can also be used to remove and kill germs other than flu. Always follow directions on product labels.


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