Prevention

Practice Good Hygiene

Whether it's the seasonal flu or the common cold, the best way to stay healthy is to practice good hygiene, which can help reduce the spread of germs. Use these effective methods:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw out the tissue in the nearest wastebasket, then immediately wash your hands with soap and water.
     
  • Don't sneeze into your hand if you don't have a tissue. Instead, use the crook of your arm.
     
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water. When hand washing is not possible, use antiseptic hand gels that contain alcohol.
     
  • Stay at least three feet away from people who are coughing or sneezing.
     
  • Immediately wash your hands after contact with an ill person.
     
  • Stay at home when you're sick.
     
  • Keep your children at home when they're sick.
     
  • Teach your children good hygiene habits.
     
  • Ask for a mask if you go to a doctor's office or hospital when you're sick.

Please note this information is being provided for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult your doctor for medical advice.