Across Southeast Texas and the United States, we have seen a major increase of influenza. Sadly, the flu has taken lives of both young and old and remains a threat to individuals. While the flu vaccine has been widely debated, there are other steps we can take to avoid this sickness.
Here are six tips for avoiding the flu from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Stay home when you are sick – if you are sick, stay home! Whenever possible, stay away from work, school, and other activities if you have the flu. This is important to help prevent the spread of the virus.
- Avoid close contact – if you become ill, avoid being around others to protect them from getting sick. In addition, if you are around someone who is sick, limit contact as much as possible.
- Cover your mouth and nose – when coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose!
- Clean your hands – wash your hands often to protect you from germs. If you are in an area that does not have soap and water, "use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth – the flu virus and other germs are often transferred when touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits – clean and disinfect areas that are touched regularly. Whether at home, work, or school it is important to clean areas, "especially when someone is ill.” Also, get good sleep, stay active, and drink plenty of water to keep your immune system strong.
Whether someone is a fan of medicine or not, these are steps we can all take to stay healthy. Avoiding the spread of the flu is even better than treating it one someone is sick. If you think you have the flu, make sure you visit your doctor as soon as possible to start treatments and get advised on what other steps to take.
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