How is the flu spread?
When a person with the flu coughs or sneezes, they release flu virus into the air and on to surfaces. Other people can breathe in flu virus particles from the air or touch something with the flu virus on it and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth.
People infected with the flu may pass the virus on to other people one day before symptoms develop and up to 7 days after becoming sick.
How can I protect myself?
You can protect yourself and others from the flu this season with a few easy steps:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often.
Use an alcohol-based rub when soap and water are not available.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
If you cough or sneeze into your hands be sure to wash them right away.
- Take care of yourself.
If you are sick with flu-like illness, limit your contact with others as much as possible and stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
- Keep sick children home from school
- Clean common surfaces (counters, door knobs, handles, etc) thoroughly.
If someone in your household is sick, try to separate them from other household members.
- Get a seasonal flu shot
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Last updated Jan 24, 2014