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Avoiding the Flu and Colds

Influenza and the common cold virus are all transmitted the same way. Follow the tips below as the best options for avoiding these viruses and to stay healthy.

Clean your hands often

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, preparing food, or eating with unwashed hands

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

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

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Cover your mouth and nose

Cover your mouth and nose and cough or sneeze into your sleeve. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Additional Information

Click here for additional helpful resources on preventing and treating influenza.