As we all know, the flu is one of the most common viral infections this time of year. Flu is spread when someone who’s sick sneezes or coughs, they send virus-filled droplets into the air and onto surfaces.
There are steps you can take to better protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the flu, cold, or other communicable diseases:
Wash hands often and do it with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds to kill any germs. It is good practice to wash hands after touching surfaces and before you eat.
Avoid contact with individuals who are sick.
If you feel you have to cough or sneeze, do it into your sleeve to prevent spreading the infection to other family members.
Help to keep your immune system strong! Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy balanced diet with at least 5 servings of fruits/vegetables a day!
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine each year.
Do you know the difference between flu and cold symptoms? Click here for an easy to understand symptom chart. You should contact your doctor if you experience symptoms, or your symptoms change or get worse. There are prescription antiviral medicines that may help.