Action Tips: Prevent the Flu

Over 200,000 people are hospitalized annually because of the flu. Say what? And this year, flu season came early.

Forty-one states have seen influenza outbreaks, with over a dozen people (young and old) having died because of it. Yikes. Follow these tips and you can help keep the aches, fever and cough away.

How Flu Spreads:

  • People with the virus can spread it to others up to 6 feet away.
  • Experts believe that it spreads by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk.
  • Healthy adults can infect others 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.

How to Prevent It:

  • Get vaccinated. (You need to do this EVERY year.)
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. This is how germs spread.
  • If you DO get the flu and it's really severe your doctor can provide antiviral drugs to treat your illness.

See more tips on what to do if you get the flu.

Share these tips around school and ask an administrator about putting hand sanitizers in classrooms (if you don't already have them). GO