Flu Prevention Tips

Reduce Your Risk

Get Vaccinated: TWO VACCINES ARE NEEDED FOR THE 2009 FLU SEASON.
  • Seasonal Flu: The single best way to protect against the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, preferably in October or November.
  • H1N1 Flu:  In addition to providing the seasonal flu vaccine, the U.S. government is working closely with manufacturers to develop and provide a 2009 H1N1 vaccine. The H1N1 vaccine is expected to be available in the fall.

Disinfect your home

  • Disinfect frequently used surfaces like doorknobs, counters, table tops, dials, handles and switches.
  • Clean dishes, cups and utensils in the dishwasher
  • Use chlorine bleach on white bedding, towels and other laundry as appropriate

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

  • Get plenty of rest, exercise regularly and manage stress.
  • Encourage anyone with a cough or fever to stay home from work or school or errands to rest and avoid contact with others.
  • Avoid crowds wherever possible during peak flu season.

Practice good personal hygiene.

  • Wash hands frequently, for 15 – 20 seconds at a time. Alcohol-based hand cleaners may be used to supplement hand washing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Do not share food, drinks, dishes, utensils or beverage containers.
  • Remind children to wash hands and refrain from touching their noses, mouths and eyes.