Let’s avoid the flu together!
According to the CDC, The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but that’s not all. Good health habits like carrying a portable hand sanitizer, washing your hands, and covering your mouth when you cough all help stop the spreading of germs like mad fire!
Here are a few simple reminders on how to avoid catching the flu when out and about!
1. Avoid close contact
“Oh no! You’re sick? Let me come take care of you.” It’s such a sweet gesture…But if you’re going to be that sweet friend, STILL avoid close contact!! And do your friends a favor, when you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
We see this time and time again. You want to go to work to show that you’re responsible and and your attendance is magnifique! BUT if you show up and get the rest of your office sick, you won’t be remembered as the person that always showed up to work. You’ll be remembered as the person who got the entire office sick!
3. Cover your mouth and nose
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. And if you have to cough with no tissue on hand….go for the elbow! Anything but coughing in your hand. “Why?” You ask. Because that’s how you spread the germs!
4. Clean your hands
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. (Portable Hand Sanitizer comes in handy!)
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Holidays bring stress and naturally when we are stressed we touch our faces more! We put our hand on our forehead and lean our chin into the palm of our hand, etc. So when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth, there you have it! The flu is bound to attack!
6. Practice other good health habits
Keep that portable hand sanitizer near! Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.