Take Action: Protect Yourself

Take Action: Protect Yourself

Protect yourself and others from the flu.

Getting a flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself from the flu.

Here are some other things you can do to help protect yourself and others from the flu:

  • Stay away from people who are sick with the flu.
  • If you have the flu, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. (Your fever should be gone without using a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – whether or not you have the flu. Throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Try not to touch your nose, mouth, or eyes. This helps keep germs from spreading.
  • Clean surfaces and objects that may have flu germs on them, like doorknobs. Use hot, soapy water or a household cleaner.

Adults with the flu can spread it to others starting the day before they first feel sick – and up to 5 to 7 days after they first feel symptoms. Children may be able to spread the flu for even longer than 7 days.(https://healthfinder.gov)

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