CDC: These Healthy Habits Help You Prevent Flu

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The flu is spreading around the whole country; and the first case of the coronavirus from China has also landed in the US. It’s like Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have arrived, and everyone can do nothing but seeking for protection.

The following healthy habits to help prevent flu are from the CDC website. Obey the rules strictly to protect yourself and your family.

  

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu. The tips and resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs.

  

Get Vaccinated

Get your family vaccinated: fight flu!

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. There are several flu vaccine options this flu season.

  

   

Avoid close contact

  

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

  

Stay home when you are sick

  

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

  

Cover your mouth and nose

  

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.

  

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Clean your hands

  

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

    

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

  

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  

  

Before, during, and after preparing food

Before eating food

Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea

Before and after treating a cut or wound

After using the toilet

After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

After handling pet food or pet treats

After touching garbage

  

  

  

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

  

Follow these five steps every time.

    

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

  

Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

  

Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

  

Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

  

Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

  

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 or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

  

Practice other good health habits

  

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

  

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