How to Prevent Getting Sick This Flu Season
Between spending time with family, work and hobbies, you have a lot going on — and that leaves no time for getting the flu bug! With all that’s keeping you busy, it’s extra important to be mindful of practicing healthy habits.
Whether at home, work or out and about, there are many things you can do to stay well. Take a look at our list of common ways to protect yourself (and others) from getting the flu.
7 Tips to Prevent the Flu at Home or Work
By taking preventative measures and implementing healthy habits into your lifestyle, you can help keep sickness at bay. Here are some simple ways you can help prevent the flu:
Face the flu shot. One of the best ways to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it’s the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. A flu shot may not 100% stop the flu viruses out there, but it’ll help reduce illnesses and could keep you from missing work or school. You can set up a visit with your doctor or check out a local pharmacy where you can often walk in without an appointment.
Cover your mouth. Coughing and sneezing are surefire ways to spread germs. Teach your kids to cover their mouths with a tissue or to cough/sneeze into the crook of their elbow — and make sure you do the same!
Wash your hands — a lot. A great way to prevent picking up or spreading germs is by washing or sanitizing your hands often. For it to truly be effective, use soap, warm water and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Stash an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your bag for when a sink isn’t nearby. Make sure your family washes their hands before they eat, after school and every time they use the bathroom. And make it a habit to wash your hands often at work and/or keep a bottle of hand sanitizer at your desk.
Avoid touching your face. Did you know that, according to the CDC, germs can live for two to eight hours on hard surfaces? From doorknobs to light switches, you never know where you might pick up germs. And it’s especially easy to get infected — or transfer them yourself — when you rub your eyes, nose or mouth. So avoid touching your face and teach your kids to do the same.
Keep your home and office space clean. Germs and viruses are lurking around items you use every day in your home and work space. Frequently disinfecting doorknobs, your keyboard, mouse and other commonly touched places can help get rid of unwanted germs. Keeping a clean environment no matter where you are is an easy way to prevent you, your family and coworkers from getting sick this flu season. Find out more about preventing the cold and flu in the office.
Separate from the sick. If a family member gets the flu, keep their sickness from spreading throughout your home by limiting contact with them. Avoid sharing things like towels, drinking cups, toys, blankets, beds, the remote control — anything that could transfer their germs. If you notice a coworker is under the weather, avoid physical contact, like shaking hands, and suggest rescheduling meetings.
Hone in on healthy habits. Avoiding the flu can be as simple as having a healthy mindset. Eat good foods like fruits and veggies, rest up, exercise and drink a lot of water. Even managing your stress can keep you healthy and fight off sickness.
With your busy schedule, keeping healthy is a priority. By following these tips to prevent the flu, you’ll gain peace of mind that you’re doing what you can to keep you and your family healthy and happy.