• Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits

    preventing the flu: good health habits

    Information to Parents: Preventing the Flu

    Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

    Fact Sheet

    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

    • Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.
    • Keep sick children at home. You will help prevent others from catching an illness.

    Cover your mouth and nose

    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

    Wash your hands often

    • Frequently washing your hands and the hands of your children will help protect you from germs.

    Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

    • Germs are often 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

    • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.