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6 simple ways to avoid the flu this winter


January 20, 2016

Yes, basic hygiene really does help. Follow these tips to avoid the flu this season.


Step 1 in avoiding the flu is being vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that as long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, it’s not too late to get the vaccination. But as we head into peak flu season, keep these additional prevention tips in mind at home and at work.

1. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.

2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.

3. If you can, stay away from people with cold or flu-like symptoms. Don’t shake hands with them.

4. Don’t share silverware, dishes, cups and glasses with anybody.

5. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw away the tissue and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your shoulder or arm.

6. Clean everything you touch with a disinfectant cleaner. Keep these high-traffic surfaces in mind:

  • Countertops
  • Sinks, faucets
  • Doorknobs
  • TV remotes
  • Keyboards
  • Toys
  • Phones
  • Light switches

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