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HELPFUL HINTS ON HOW TO AVOID THE FLU AND STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS

You can lessen the chances of getting the flu…and spreading the flu this winter!
Did you know that about 36,000 people die from flu related illnesses each year, and another 114,000 end up in hospitals? Did you also know that some viruses can live 2 hours or longer on household surfaces?

STAY HEALTHY

  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after being in the public, especially after using a public restroom. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based gel or towelette type hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • If possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Eat right and get plenty of sleep.

STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze. Throw the used tissue in the garbage.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough into the inside of your elbow--not into your hands!
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose, always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol based gel or towelette type hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home from work/school if you or a child has the flu (fever, muscle aches, cough).
  • Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels, or other personal items.
  • Frequently clean and/or sanitize commonly touched surfaces such as faucets, telephones, doorknobs, etc.

BE SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE
If you develop the flu, stay at home and contact your doctor immediately (especially if you develop a fever). Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid using alcohol and/or tobacco. Also, you can take medications to relieve the symptoms of flu. 

NEVER GIVE ASPIRIN TO CHILDREN OR TEENAGERS WHO HAVE FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS, PARTICULARLY FEVER, WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING YOUR DOCTOR OR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER.