A runny nose, coughing and a fever- they’re just some of the symptoms that could indicate you’ve come down with the flu. And once you do, it may take a while until you’re back to 100%. Flu Season activity is starting to increase, according to health officials. So how can you keep from getting sick or making others sick? Here are several things to do:
Get the Flu Shot – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot, especially those at high risk. That group includes pregnant women, the elderly and anyone with chronic medical conditions. Health officials say the vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family. While it’s recommended that people get vaccinated every year by the end of October, it’s not too late if you haven’t received the flu shot.
Wash Your Hands – We’ve all heard it before, but washing your hands is a great way to keep germs at bay. According to the CDC, make sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can help reduce germs if soap and water are not readily available, but they do not get rid of all types of germs.
Cover your Cough – It’s also important to stop the spread of any germs you have that may make someone else sick. Make sure to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw that tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, use your upper sleeve or elbow.
Stay Away – If you do have the flu or are experiencing symptoms, it’s best to stay away from others. Avoid close contact with people so you don’t get anyone sick, that includes staying home from work.
Doing these things will go a long way, when it comes to reducing your chances of developing the flu or spreading it.
For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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