2013 Flu Outbreak: How Can You Avoid Getting Sick?

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Wash your hands before touching your face to avoid the flu! Image by tdnb

Wash your hands before touching your face to avoid the flu! Image by tdnb

Stop the Flu Germs: Don’t Touch!

Stop touching your face. How many times do you put your hands up to your mouth? Rub your eyes or nose? Touching your eyes, nose, and mouth allow germs to enter your body.

The germs, once inside via your eyes, nose, or mouth, can quickly multiply and make you sick.

2013 Flu Season

Practice healthy habits to help keep your immune system in excellent shape, and you’ll reduce your chances of catching the flu as well.

Get plenty of sleep, exercise, eat your fruits and vegetables, since they contain vitamins that help ward off germs, and manage your stress.

When you are stressed, your immune system can suffer and you can end up sick. Exercising is a great way to manage stress!

Though this flu season is severe and there are vaccine and Tamiflu shortages, there are things that you can do to prevent the flu. Generally flu cases are mild; however, if you are experiencing severe flu symptoms, you need medical attention. Do not return to school or work until you are fever free for 24 hours, to prevent spreading the flu to others.

Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs. November 8, 2010. Accessed January 11, 2013.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2012-2013 Influenza Season Week 52 Ending December 29, 2012. (2013). Accessed January 9, 2013.

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