Healthy Habits for Flu Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get your seasonal flu vaccinations. The following habits are also good health practices to help prevent illness.

washhandsCover Your Cough or Sneeze to Help Stop the Spread of Germs!

  • Use a tissue when you sneeze.
  • If you do not have a tissue handy, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not into your hands.

Wash Your Hands Regularly, and make sure your kids do, too. Good Hand Hygiene Can Help Prevent Flu!

Washing your hands regularly can help stop the spread of germs.

  • Wash your hands at least five times a day!
  • Don’t forget to wash between your fingers and under your nails.
  • If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to completely remove germs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children and adults wash their hands in the following situations:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating
  • Before and after tending to someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or a wound
  • After using the bathroom
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up after a child who has used the bathroom
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal or animal waste
  • After touching garbage

When in doubt, wash your hands!