Eight ways to help protect yourself from the flu
GEHA | November 22, 2019
No one wants to get sick with the flu. It’s a serious contagious disease that disrupts your life and can lead to hospitalization and even death.
Take these steps to help protect yourself and others from getting the flu.
- The flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent the flu. It protects against the influenza viruses that will be most common during the flu season.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay home when you are sick, and for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (without the help of medicine).
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw away used tissues. Sneeze into your elbow, not your hand, to avoid spreading germs.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub. Carry a small hand sanitizer with you.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth in case you’ve touched something that is contaminated.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces at home, work or school frequently.
- Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, quit smoking, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
And remember, a flu shot is a covered benefit of your medical plan.
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“Healthy Habits to Help Prevent Flu.” www.cdc.gov, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 October 2019.
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