According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to protect yourself and family from the flu is to get your seasonal flu vaccination. The following healthy habits are just good health practices.
Cover Your Cough or Sneeze to Help Stop the Spread of Germs
- Use a tissue when you sneeze
- If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper slleze or elbow, not your hands
Wash Your Hands Regularly. Good Hand Hygiene Can Help Prevent Flu
- Washing your hands regularly can help stop the spread of germs
- Wash yous hands at least 5x a day
- Don't forget to wash between your fingers, under your nails, and the top of your hands
- If soap and water is not available use hand sanitizer
- Wash your hand for at least 20 seconds to remove germs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommends that you always wash your hands in the following situations:
- Before, during, and after preparing food.
- Before eating.
- Before and after tendign to someone who is sick.
- Before and after treating a cut or a wound.
- After using the bathroom.
- After changing diapers or cleaning up after a child who has used the bathroom.
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- After touching an animal or animal waste.
- After touching garbage.
- When in doubt, wash your hands!
The Toothbrush prank video highlights the importance of washing your hands regularly. This video is from Flu.gov.
Germs are Everywhere
This video is from Flu.gov
For more on hand washing please visit the CDC Wash Your Hands web page
Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth
- The flu is a respiratory disease
- You can increase your chances of getting the flu everytime you bring your hands to your face
- Good handwashing practices will help to decrease the chances of the flu, but it is good practice to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Stay Home When You Are Sick
- If possible, stay home. This will help stop the spread of disease.
Avoid Close Contact When People Are Sick
- The flu is a respiratory disease that spreads from person-to-person contact.
Disinfect Solid Surfaces at Work and Home
- Regularly disinfect door knobs, TV remots, counters, etc.
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives. (2012, February 8). Retrieved March 29, 2012, from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/
Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs. (2010, November 28). Retrieved March 29, 2012, from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm
Seasonal Influenza (Flu). (2009, December 8). Retrieved March 29, 2012, from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm