How Can You Avoid the Flu?

There are steps you can take in your daily life to help protect you from getting the flu:

#1 Best Step: Wash your hands often with soap and water at least 20 seconds to create a full lather and to reach all crevices of your hands and wrists • Use an alcohol-based hand rub/sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. Use one or two squirts or pumps, rub hands together briskly, front and back, between fingers, around and under the nails, until hands are dry; least for 15 seconds is ideal • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way. • Avoid doorknobs, handles, places often touched – use wipes to clean or a tissue to open. • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. • Get plenty of sleep and exercise. • Manage your stress. • Drink plenty of fluids. • Eat healthy food. • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. • If you cannot cough into a tissue, cough into the crook of your elbow. • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine • CDC is recommending that people (especially at risk folks) call their doctor and get a Rx for Tamiflu to help mitigate symptoms.

Get a flu shot, even now- it will mitigate symptoms even in the strains not covered by this years' version.

Wishing you good health!