Protect yourself and others from the flu
Are you ready for flu season? The flu is more serious than the common cold. It can cause illness, hospitalization, even death. Here’s how you can protect yourself and everyone around you — so you’re ready to battle the flu and win.
1. Get your flu shot
A flu shot is the most powerful protection against the flu. It’s safe and effective, and this year’s shot targets this year’s viruses.
2. Avoid touching your face
It’s true: Your eyes, nose, and mouth are the easiest ways for the flu to enter your body. So if you don’t touch your face, you make it more difficult for the flu bug to infect you.
3. Sneeze and cough into your elbow
Pretend you’re a caped superhero or your favorite TV vampire and let your elbow block the thousands of flu germs that you may be releasing into the air.
4. Wash your hands
Washing your hands can prevent you from spreading nasty flu germs or picking them up. If you take the time to reach for soap and water, you can save yourself from getting sick.
5. Stay home if you’re sick
Work or school may be calling. But if you’re sick, the best thing you can do is stay home in bed. The more you’re around other people, the greater the risk you have of infecting others with the flu.