Vaccination is Not the Only Way to Help Prevent Influenza
You can still protect yourself and others from influenza even
if you are unable to receive a vaccine this influenza season.
These simple actions can stop the spread of germs and help protect
you and others from getting sick:
- Respiratory Etiquette - Cover your mouth and nose with
a tissue when coughing or sneezing. You will prevent others from
catching your illness.
- Hand Hygiene - Wash your hands often, especially after
coughing or sneezing. Alcohol based hand wipes and gel sanitizers
also work well.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Sometimes
germs are spread when a person touches a contaminated surface
and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick. This will prevent others
from catching your illness.
- Remind your children to practice healthy habits too.
Other good habits that will help you stay healthy
- Get plenty of sleep
- Engage in physical activity
- Manage stress
- Eat healthy food
- Drink plenty of water
Healthy Habits Stop Germs at Home, Work, and School!
Courtesy of the Beth Israel Medical Center