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What everyday measures can I take to protect myself from the flu?

Take these everyday steps to help prevent the spread of germs and protect your health and the health of your family:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand rub can be used.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • Pay attention to your body and how you are feeling. If you think you have the flu, call your doctor or clinic right away.
    • If you are pregnant and you live with or have close contact with someone who has the flu, talk with your doctor about medicines to prevent flu.
    • Have a plan for someone else to take care of a sick family member.
  • Stock up on household, health, and emergency supplies, such as acetaminophen (Acetamin, Panadol, Tylenol), water, and non-perishable foods.
  • Get a seasonal flu shot.