The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year.
2. Stop germs. Good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help to stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, events and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
Practice excellent respiratory etiquette
. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Don't use hands. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Wash hands afterward. Throw away tissue when done.
Practice excellent hand hygiene. Washing your hands 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 food.
3. Antiviral drugs. If one becomes ill, seek necessary care from your health care provider and follow their directions. This may include prescription of antiviral drugs.
If personals with flu symptoms must leave their residents (i.e., to seek medical attention), they should cover their nose and mouth with coughing or sneezing. A surgical loose-fitting mask or a tissue may be helpful.
If possible, persons with flu symptoms who wish to seek medical attention should contact their health care provider or Student Health Services to report illness by telephone or other remote means for guidance before seeking care in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus.