The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older.
Other steps people can take to help prevent the spread of the flu virus are:
- Stay home if sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away after use. If that’s not possible, cough or sneeze into the elbow, not the hands. People with the flu can spread it to others about six feet away through coughs and sneezes.
- Wash hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand-rub.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth.
“If someone has the flu they should avoid contact with others as much as possible,” said Mark Cloutier, American Red Cross Regional CEO. “Everyone should also disinfect surfaces used commonly such as door knobs, switches, phones, computers and remote controls.”
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