What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?

There are many things you can do to protect yourself:
  • Cover your cough and sneeze. Insist that others do the same. It is preferable that everyone use a tissue to cover their cough, but when that is not available, try not to use your hands, but point your face toward your shoulder or elbow to cover the cough or sneeze.
  • Maintain a three foot personal space between you and others, especially if the other person is coughing or sneezing.
  • Consider not shaking hands during influenza season. If you do, wash your hands before touching your face or mouth. 
  • WASH YOUR HANDS as often as possible with warm water and soap; Alcohol based sanitizers can also be effective.
  • Get a flu vaccination; it will protect you against the virus currently causing disease, and may provide some protection against a pandemic strain of flu.
  • If you are ill stay home; for the regular flu this may be 3-5 days for adults and up to 7 days for children.