Immunize Against the Flu. EVERY YEAR. EVERY BODY.
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. As long as flu season isn’t over, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds to reduce the risk of transmitting germs to others. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to keep germs away.
- If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
- Don’t share personal items or utensils.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow - not your hands.