In addition to getting vaccinated, follow these three steps to prevent the spread of influenza:
- Clean your hands frequently. The flu virus can live on surfaces anywhere from one to two days. If you get flu virus on your hands and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, you could get the flu.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. People can touch their face around two to four times per minute. If your hands are contaminated with the flu or another germ, you could potentially get sick.
- Avoid close contact with sick people. If somebody is sick with the flu and they sneeze, the germs can spread three to six feet from the sneeze. By avoiding close contact with those who are coughing and sneezing, you may be able to keep yourself from becoming sick.
If all else fails and you do get the flu, avoid contact with others. It’s no fun to share germs. Stay home and call your healthcare provider. Do not go to work or school until you are at least 24 hours fever-free without taking any fever-reducing medication.