There are 3 important things to remember to prevent the spread of the seasonal flu.
Cover your cough with a tissue or your sleeve. Don't use your hand. Using your hand to cover your cough will spread germs on to surfaces you touch.
Wash your hands often. Use soap and warm water. Make sure to wash your hands for 20 seconds. This is the best way to kill germs.
If you have flu-like symptoms, stay home. Don't go to work or school. Keep your children at home if they have the flu-like symptoms. Adults may be able to infect others up to 5 days after getting sick. Children can infect others at least 10 days after getting sick.
Other Helpful Tips
Frequently clean surfaces that are commonly touched-like door handles, handrails, kitchen tables, etc.-with household disinfectant or bleach solution. To make a bleach solution, mix 1/4 cup bleach with 1 gallon of water. The bleach solution must be made daily to be effective. If disinfectant is not available, hot water and soap can be used.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches a surface that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Do not share eating utensils or drinking glasses with anyone.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Practice good health habits. Keep yourself healthy-and resistant to diseases-by getting plenty of sleep, staying physically active, managing stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious food.