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Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits

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 an illness.
Cover your mouth and nose
  • 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
  • Frequently washing your hands and the hands of your children 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.