Tips for stopping the spread of the flu
Flu isn’t a “bad cold” and can result in serious health complications, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections and can lead to hospitalization. Flu can sometimes even lead to death. Most people who get flu will recover in several days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop serious flu complications.
With this being National Influenza Vaccination Week, we wanted to share some tips to stay healthy and prevent the spread of germs this flu season:
- Wash your hands, especially after touching communal surfaces such as door knobs, light switches or a water cooler.
- Stay at least three feet away from people coughing or sneezing. The flu virus is a parasite that hangs around in respiratory secretions that travel through the air in small droplets.
- Consider getting a flu shot. When you get a flu vaccination, your body releases antibodies that can protect you from the most common virus strains in any given season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Keep your hands away from your face and far from your face and nose. You risk getting sick when you touch an infected surface and transfer the virus to your face.
- Wear surgical gloves when caring for someone who is sick, and if you don’t have gloves, be sure to wash your hands more often than normal.
If you follow these tips, you can help keep yourself healthy and germ-free this flu season.