Health Shorts: Things to do to fight the flu

-- Get a flu shot. A yearly flu shot is the first and most important thing you can do to prevent the flu and its consequences. The Centers for Disease Control recommends yearly vaccination for virtually all Americans age 6 months and older.

-- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze.

-- Avoid close contact with persons who are sick.

-- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.

-- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

-- Go home when you get sick with the flu and stay there until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours.

-- Take antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

[SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control, “CDC says ‘take 3' actions to fight the flu,” July 10, 2010; CDC, “Preventing the flu: good health habits can help stop germs,” July 8, 2009]
 

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Last Updated November 23, 2010