The best way to keep from getting the flu is to get a flu shot.
And, if you don’t get the flu, you can’t give it to anyone else!
These other steps also help prevent the flu:
- Cover your cough. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw away the tissue.
- Wash your hands often. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Wash every time you eat, handle food, use the bathroom, change a diaper, touch a wound, blood or body fluids, and when they look dirty.
- Stay home when you are sick. If you are sick, stay home from work, school and running errands (unless you need to seek medical care). Stay home until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100°F). Avoid close contact with others. This will help keep others from catching your illness.