Flu Prevention Tips
Don’t have the flu and don’t want to get it? There are some simple health habits you can work into your life to minimize the chances of getting the flu.
Wash those hands
The flu virus can spread by direct contact, such as sharing drinks, or through indirect contact, such as when an infected coworker sneezes on her hands and touches an object like the lunchroom microwave door. The influenza virus can live for 2 to 8 hours on surfaces. During flu season, everyone should wash their hands frequently to reduce the risk of transmitting germs to others. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.*1
Cover your sneezes and coughs
When you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue (not your hands), and be sure to throw the tissue away immediately.
You can also cough into your sleeve if you don't have a tissue handy. Hand sanitizers can also help. Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to keep germs away.
Updated April 25, 2015. Accessed October 9, 2015.
Additional flu resources
Influenza isn’t usually something you think about until flu season comes around
or until you or a family member comes down with the flu.
In this section, you will find valuable downloadable resources for the flu season:
Track the Flu
See flu activity in the U.S. or your state.
Is It Flu?
You have sudden fever, aches, chills, and tiredness.
What to do?
Check your symptoms ›
Flu Fighter Coloring Book
See Our YouTube Videos!
Learn more about flu prevention on YouTube. Watch our videos >
Are You “That Guy”?
If you think you have the flu, do the right thing. Watch the video ›
Developed in partnership with the NFID (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases)
Tips to Stay Flu-Free
Good preventive health habits, an annual flu vaccine, and prescription flu medicines can help keep you and your family flu-free — all year long!
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