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8 Flu prevention tips to prevent the spread

According to the CDC, between 5% and 20% of persons in the United States get the flu each year. Avoiding the flu should be a priority if you want to retain your health and happiness.

That is, however, easier said than done. Because the influenza virus transmits through the air, it spreads from person to person by coughing or sneezing droplets. It can also be spread by surface contacts, such as when one individual puts the virus on a hard object and subsequently contacts their own nose or mouth.

The following are eight things you can do to assist prevent the spread of influenza this season:

1. Obtain a flu vaccination.

Influenza vaccines work by exposing the immune system to weakened strains of the three or four flu virus types predicted to spread that year. They cannot transmit the flu to another person, however, some recipients may experience mild symptoms such as edema around the injection site and a low-grade fever. These symptoms are far more manageable than the true flu!

2. Vaccinate against pneumococcal disease.

Pneumococcal pneumonia is one of the most serious complications of the flu, and it can be fatal. The pneumococcal vaccine protects against pneumonia, meningitis, and some forms of blood infections that can occur concurrently with severe flu cases.

3. Individuals experiencing early flu symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.

While recognizing flu symptoms early reduces the risk of spreading the virus, it can be difficult to determine if respiratory troubles and overall malaise are due to mild infection or are symptomatic of flu. Everyone who is "unwell" should consult a nurse or doctor.

Additionally, antiviral drugs like Tamiflu can be used within 48 hours of the commencement of any symptoms. These medications have a considerably greater chance of reducing the duration and severity of the sickness, but they must be provided immediately at the onset of symptoms.

4. Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer on hand at all times.

Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on hand at all times. Numerous establishments feature dispensers mounted on the wall that allow you to sanitize your hands as needed. Additionally, keeping a travel-sized bottle in your purse or on your keys allows you to utilize it when out in public.

5. Use social distancing techniques.

Due to the fact that the flu virus is conveyed by the air, keeping people apart can help prevent its spread. When out in public, avoid getting too near to those who look to be ill.

6. Using disinfectant wipes, clean commonly touched surfaces.

Wipe down frequently touched places with a solution that says it will kill at least 99 percent of viruses, including flu viruses. Apart from doorknobs, clean computer keyboards, board game pieces, and counter space are also required. Maintain a supply of wipes on hand to clean regularly handled items such as cell phones and umbrella handles.

7. Always bear in mind flu prevention techniques.

It's critical to remember healthy sickness prevention techniques such as coughing or sneezing into a tissue and then discarding the tissue properly, or coughing into the inner elbow. Additionally, wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water.

8. Display printed reminders to follow healthful behaviors.

The CDC provides printable "Cover Your Cough" fliers that you can copy and distribute. You can display them in your classroom and corridors if you are a teacher. If you work in a senior living community, you can display them near restrooms and sinks to promote handwashing. These books teach readers about the spread of influenza and are accessible in a variety of languages.

Flu Vaccine

You can minimize the impact of the flu on yourself and the people around you via communication and best practices. It all begins with receiving the recommended flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated against influenza is the first step toward avoiding its spread in your house and community.


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