Please follow these handy dandy tips to keep the flu out of your lives:
- Get a flu shot.*
- Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze, preferably with your sleeve, the crook of your arm or a tissue.
- Wash hands before and after eating, after sneezing and/or coughing and after using a tissue.
- Throw away used tissues. Don't leave them around for someone else to touch. Yuck.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes, which is how germs are most easily transmitted.
- Routinely clean surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as cell phones and keyboards.
- Stay home when you are sick and for at least 24 hours after a fever. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications before they can return to school.
With these precautions, we all have a better chance at staying healthy throughout the cold and flu season.
* The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone age 6 months or older should get an annual flu vaccine. Flu shots are perfectly safe. You cannot get the flu from the vaccine. Click here to read about other flu shot myths and facts.