Reduce your chances of getting the flu

According the Center for Disease Control (CDC), anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated.  Here are some simple health habits you can work into your life to minimize the chances of getting the flu:

  • 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. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • 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.
  • Clean your hands
    Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
  • 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 surfaces frequently touched 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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