It’s back – flu season is here once again, on top of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind us that the single best way to reduce the risk of seasonal flu and its potentially serious complications is to get vaccinated each year.

Also important, of course, are good health habits that often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like flu. These are practices we’ve all become very good at because of COVID.

Help Stop the Spread of Germs

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. This will help prevent the spread of your illness to others.

Cover Your Mouth and Nose

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk.

Clean Your Hands

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth

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

Practice Other Good Health Habits

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

During last year’s flu season, there was a lot of talk about a potential “twindemic” of flu and coronavirus. Fortunately, a combination of factors – including people adhering to the safety measures above – helped prevent that. This year, there’s speculation about a “severe” flu season. Let’s keep up the good work and keep ourselves and others healthy and safe!

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It’s back – flu season is here once again, on top of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind us that the single best way to reduce the risk of seasonal flu and its potentially serious complications is to get vaccinated each year.

Also important, of course, are good health habits that often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like flu. These are practices we’ve all become very good at because of COVID.

Help Stop the Spread of Germs

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. This will help prevent the spread of your illness to others.

Cover Your Mouth and Nose

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk.

Clean Your Hands

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth

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

Practice Other Good Health Habits

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

During last year’s flu season, there was a lot of talk about a potential “twindemic” of flu and coronavirus. Fortunately, a combination of factors – including people adhering to the safety measures above – helped prevent that. This year, there’s speculation about a “severe” flu season. Let’s keep up the good work and keep ourselves and others healthy and safe!

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