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Fight the Flu

Preventing the Flu

The three most common things you can do to prevent the spread of H1N1 and seasonal flu are: Picture of handwashing

  • Cover your cough with a tissue or your sleeve. Don't use your hand or you will spread germs onto surfaces you touch after coughing.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water. This is the best way to kill germs. Wash hands for 20 seconds.
  • Stay home. If you have flu symptoms, don't go to work or school; keep your kids at home if they might have the flu. Adults may be able to infect others up to 7 days after getting sick.

Other things you can do are:

  • Clean surfaces – such as door handles, handrails, kitchen table, etc. – frequently with household cleaner or bleach solution.  (Mixing ¼ cup bleach with 1 gallon of water makes a bleach solution.)  If disinfectant is not available, hot soap and water can be used.
  • Do not share eating a drinking glass or eating utensil with someone else.
  • Change hand towels frequently in your bathroom.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. This can expose you to germs you've picked up from other surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Get Vaccinated