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Tips for Staying Healthy During Flu Season

November 28, 2017

Good health habits can stop the spread of germs and help prevent respiratory and GI illnesses.  Follow the tips below to stay healthy this flu season.

1. Get your flu vaccination. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal influenza and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against influenza, less flu can spread through that community.

2. Cover your mouth and nose.  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.  When a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your bent elbow. Both of these practices can help prevent others around you from getting ill.

3. Clean your hands. HANDWASHING, HANDWASHING, HANDWASHING!  Washing your hands helps to protect you from germs.  If soap and water are not available alcohol-based hand sanitizer if a great alternative.

4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his/ her eyes, nose, or mouth.

5. Clean/ disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Wipe down those areas where there may be a lot of contact, such as desks/work stations, door knobs, counters, etc.

6. Stay home when you're sick. Stay home whenever possible when you are ill.  This will help to prevent spreading your illness to others.

7. Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods to maintain your overall health.

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