Safety Tip of the Week

Good Health Habits Can Help Stop the Germs

Preventing the Flu:

Getting vaccinated is the single best way to prevent the seasonal flu, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands will help reduce the spread of germs which can help prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. In addition, there are antiviral drugs that can be used to help treat and prevent the flu.

The Center for Disease Control advises people on how to prevent the flu during flu season. The following tips are from the CDC:

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

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

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.