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Some Tips to Prevent the Flu

Some Tips to Prevent the Flu

There are several steps that will help you prevent the flu and reduce the spread of viruses.

Get vaccinated.

Vaccination is the first step in preventing the flu. In general, all healthy people should get vaccinated. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that high-risk groups and all healthy children get vaccinated against the flu.

Wash your hands regularly.

Cold and flu viruses can be spread by indirect contact. Someone can sneeze into their hand and then touch a door knob, leaving the virus there until it comes into contact with the next person who touches it. Washing your hands is the best way to avoid getting sick.

Cough into the crease of your elbow.

Viruses stick to your hands, so you can reduce the spread of the virus by coughing into the crease of your elbow.

Disinfecting common nonporous hard surfaces complements the above measures.

Viruses that cause colds and flu can survive on common surfaces for up to 48 hours *. Don’t forget to use Clorox® disinfecting products to clean telephones, door knobs, light switches, and remote controls. Always read the instructions for use on the label.

Drink water.

If you do get sick, water will re-hydrate you, helping to flush toxins from your body.

Recommendations from the World Health Organization for average water intake.

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† The World Health Organization (WHO) study is available in English.