• Preventing the Flu:

    Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

    Avoid close contact.

    Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When

    you are sick, keep your distance from others to

    protect them from getting sick too.

    Stay home when you are sick.

    Stay home from work, school, and errands when

    you are sick. Keep sick children at home. You will

    help prevent others from catching the illness.

    Cover your mouth and nose.

    Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when

    coughing or sneezing. Cover your nose and mouth

    with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the

    tissue in the trash after you use it.

    Wash your hands often.

    Washing your hands and the hands of your children

    often will help protect you from germs.

    Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

    Germs are often spread when a person touches

    something that is contaminated with germs and

    then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

    Practice other good health habits.

    Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage

    your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious


Last Modified on February 1, 2010