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!