Tips to Prevent the Flu

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Provider Button 2Flu is a respiratory illness that spreads easily. Anyone can get the flu. This is why it is important for all of us to help stop the spread of the flu.

1. Get the flu vaccine. It’s the single most effective way to avoid getting the flu.  
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2. Keep your germs to yourself. Flu germs spread from person to person by way of coughing, sneezing, or talking.

3. Know the symptoms of the flu. All types of flu have similar symptoms. Although the flu and common cold are similar, the flu tends to be more severe: 
    a. High fever or feeling feverish. Keep in mind that not everyone with the flu has a fever 
    b. A cough and/or sore throat 
    c. A runny or stuffy nose 
    d. Chills 
    e. Fatigue 
    f. Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)

4. Stay home when you are sick. 
    a. Avoid close contact with others if you feel ill or have the flu. 
    b. Stay home from work or school, and avoid other public places.

5. Cover your cough and sneezes. 
    a. Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when you cough or sneeze 
    b. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm, not your hands 
    c. Put your used tissues in a wastebasket

6. Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds: 
    a. After you wipe or blow your nose or cough or sneeze 
    b. After using the restroom 
    c. After being in contact with someone ill 
    d. After touching handrails, doorknobs, telephones, or other things handled by others 
    e. Before eating and drinking 
    f. Before handling food 
    g. After handling garbage or trash

Other Tips to Fight the Flu:

For a stronger immune system, get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat a well-balanced diet every day. 
    • Be a "healthy habits" role model for your children. 
    • Keep your distance from someone who has flu symptoms.

Learn More: 
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
    • U.S. Government Flu Web Site