Keep From Getting the Flu or Spreading It to Others

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • If you’re planning a visit, it’s OK to ask first whether anyone in the household is sick. If so, make plans to visit another time.  If you're sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

  • Stay home when you are sick.
    • If possible, stay home from work, school and public places when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose every time you cough or sneeze.
    • It is best to use a tissue and then put used tissues in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often and well.
    • Use soap and warm water and wash for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand wipes are also helpful.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean surfaces you touch often.
    • If someone in your household has symptoms of a cold or flu, clean surfaces such as door knobs, water faucets, refrigerator handle, telephone, etc. often.
  • Don’t share anything that goes into your mouth.
    • This includes eating utensils, cups, straws, cigarettes, etc.
  • Keep healthy by getting plenty of rest, drinking plenty of liquid, getting regular exercise, and eating nutritious foods.