This season, people are getting sick with the flu at alarming rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are things that can be done by all of us to help prevent the spread of the flu. In light of what is being referred to as a flu epidemic, we’ve rounded up a few tips to help you and your family navigate through flu season. Continue reading for several tips on how to help prevent you or your loved ones from contracting the flu.
- Distance yourself from those who are sick – I know this can be difficult especially when someone in your home is ill; however, even if that is the case, taking additional precautions may help prevent you from becoming sick. In the event that you do become sick stay home in order to prevent your germs from spreading.
- Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough – This may seem obvious; however, you would be surprised how many people don’t take the time to do so. When you do sneeze or cough it is recommended that you do it into a tissue and immediately dispose of the tissue. Another way to sneeze or cough is to do it into your elbow to avoid getting any germs onto your hands.
- Wash your hands – Get into the routine of cleaning your hands with soap and water or at the very least sanitizer, regularly.
- Hands Off – Keep your hands off your ears, eyes, and mouth to avoid giving germs entry into your body.
- Don’t Share – Don’t share drinks and eating utensils and you will reduce the likelihood of sharing germs.
- Practice Self-care – Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat healthy.
- Clean Surfaces Regularly – Clean surfaces that are regularly handled such as doorknobs, television remotes, and your computer keyboard.
- Get a Flu Shot – While thoughts on the flu shot vary significantly, the flu shot is said to significantly reduce your chance of contracting the flu. Consider getting a flu shot if you haven’t already. To find out where you can obtain the flu vaccine visit Health Map’s Flu Vaccine Finder.
For more information on flu prevention and tips on what to do in the event you or a loved one contract the flu contact your healthcare provider or visit the CDC online.
BMWK, have you or will you and your family members be receiving the flu shot this season?