Eight Tips to Stop the Spread of Flu

Protect yourself and those around you from the flu by getting an annual flu shot, and also take these measures to minimize the spread of influenza.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before and following food preparation, before eating and after using restrooms or changing diapers.
  2. Be careful what you touch. Hands transmit germs.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  4. Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
  5. Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing by washing with soap and water or cleaning with an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  6. Get plenty of rest, eat properly, and dress appropriately for the weather.
  7. When ill, prevent the spread of germs by staying home from school or the workplace, if possible.
  8. During flu season, minimize time in crowded areas, such as shopping centers, and avoid contact with those at high risk for the flu, such as the elderly and those with chronic illness.

Source: PA Department of Health website.