5 Tips to Help Prevent the Flu

5 Tips to Help Prevent the Flu

You can take steps to help prevent catching the flu and spreading viruses that cause it.  Here are some tips:

Wash your hands – Cold and flu germs may be spread by indirect contact. Someone might sneeze into their hand and then touch a doorknob or other surface, spreading the virus to the next person who touches it.  Frequently washing your hands with antibacterial soap is an excellent way to help prevent getting sick.

Do the elbow cough/sneeze – Instead of coughing or sneezing into your hand, try to remember to instead cover your face with your entire elbow.  Avoiding coughing or sneezing into your hands (or the open air) helps protect against the spread of illness-causing germs.  If you forget to do the elbow cough/sneeze (or see someone else forget), it’s a good idea to keep portable hand sanitizer handy to keep germs at bay if you can’t immediately wash your hands.

Disinfect commonly touched surfaces – Viruses that cause colds and flu can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours (3 days!).  You can help prevent the spread of illness by using Clorox disinfecting products on cell phones, phone receivers, doorknobs, bathroom surfaces, light switches, office break room surfaces, workout equipment, computer keyboards, and remote controls.

Drink water – Staying hydrated can help strengthen your immune system.  If you do get sick, water helps wash out the germs.  You’ll know you’re doing it right if the color of your urine is close to clear (if it’s dark yellow, drink more water!).

Stay home when you’re sick – When possible, help prevent the spread of illness by staying home when you have the flu or a bad cold. Your co-workers or classmates will thank you!