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Preventing the Flu – Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

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Preventing the Flu – Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

The Centers for Disease Control has developed the following good health habits to help stop germs: cdc.gov/flu/protect/stopgerms.htm.

1.  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.

2. Stay home when you are  sick

Stay home from work, child care, school, and errands when you are sick, except to seek medical care. Keep sick children at home except to see medical care. You will help prevent others from catching the illness.

3. Cover your mouth and  nose

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

4. Wash your hands  often

Washing your hands and the hands of your children often will help protect you from germs.

5. 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.

6. Practice other good health  habits

Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

If people are ill, they should stay at home and limit contact with others, except to seek medical care. Healthy residents living in areas of flu outbreaks should take the everyday preventive actions listed above.

People who develop an illness with fever and respiratory symptoms, such as cough and runny nose, and possibly other symptoms, such as body aches, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, should contact their health care provider. Their health care provider will determine whether influenza testing is needed.