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Flu Prevention - "Take 3" Actions to Fight the Flu

As early as October, flu starts making its way through the population, peaking in January or February. To prevent the flu, the best defense is a good offense. Here are some tips to add to your flu-fighting arsenal.

The CDC has developed "Take 3," a series of easy-to-do actions to
help fight the flu:

  1. Get the flu vaccine.
  2. Take preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
  3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

Find more information at World Health Organization (www.who.int/en/) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/). Both sites are regularly updated with the most current information.

Maintain Healthy Habits

  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Wash hands thoroughly and often for at least 10 to 20 seconds.
  • Cough or sneeze into your handkerchief or elbow, not your hands.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect desks and common areas.
  • Keep up on immunizations.
  • Stay home if you feel even mild flu symptoms.
  • If your symptoms persist or worsen, see a doctor.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are ill.
  • Postpone all nonessential travel.

Always Wash Your Hands

  • After using the toilet.
  • After changing a diaper — wash the diaper-wearer's hands, too.
  • After touching animals or animal waste.
  • Before and after preparing food.
  • Before eating.
  • After blowing your nose.
  • After coughing or sneezing into your hands.
  • Before and after treating wounds or cuts.
  • Before and after touching a sick or injured person.
  • After handling garbage.
  • Before inserting or removing contact lenses.
  • When using public restrooms.

Proper Hand Washing

  • Wet your hands with warm, running water and apply liquid soap or use clean bar soap.
  • Rub your hands vigorously together for at least 10 to 20 seconds, working up a lather.
  • Scrub the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers, and under your fingernails.
  • Rinse well.
  • Dry your hands with a clean towel.
  • Use a towel to turn off the faucet.

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