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  • Stop the Spread of Germs

     

    Help prevent the flu and other respiratory diseases! Serious respiratory illnesses, like flu (Influenza), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and whooping cough (pertussis), are spread by coughing, sneezing and unclean hands.

    Simple precautions can help limit the spread of flu and other respiratory diseases.

    Minimize Your Risk

    • Wash hands frequently with warm water and soap.
    • Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, if possible.

     

    To Stay Healthy

    • Clean hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, if possible.
    • Get vaccinations for flu and pneumonia, as recommended for your age and health conditions.
    • Stay up to date on immunizations, and get a flu shot or new nasal flu vaccine mist.

     

    Help Stop the Spread of Germs When You're Sick

    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze. Throw the used tissue in a wastebasket.
    • If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve, not into your hands.
    • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose, always clean your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels or other personal items.

     

    Precautions To Take at a Clinic or Hospital

    • You may be asked to wear a mask to protect others.
    • Don't worry if you see staff and other people wearing masks. They are preventing the spread of disease.
    • Do not visit a friend or relative who is hospitalized if you are ill.

     

     

    Last Updated: 2-21-2014