Look Out it's Flu Season! We recommend that you and your family plan now for the flu season. Click here for a message from our CEO about a Flu Season Plan of Action.
We strongly encourage you to include the following actions in your plan.
The best way to protect you and your family against the flu is with the flu shot. Talk to your Primary Care Provider (PCP) to get more information about the flu shot. You can also find information at: http://www.flu.gov/prevention-vaccination/vaccination/index.html.
Good Hand Washing
Good hand washing is the best way to protect against the flu. Make it a family habit to wash your hands well and often (especially before eating or drinking, after using the bathroom, or after coughing or sneezing) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Stay Home if you get Sick
If you do get sick, it is very important that you stay home, so that you do not get anyone else sick. Anyone with flu-like symptoms, including a fever of 100°F, should stay home from work, school, or daycare until they have been without a fever for at least 24 hours.
Tips for Caring for a Sick Family Member
When caring for a sick family member at home, try to keep them in a room to themselves. If possible, have only one person provide care. That person should try to avoid being directly face-to-face with the sick person, and they should wash their hands frequently with soap and water.
More Prevention Methods
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Stay at least six feet away from people who are sick with flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, or fever.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue or use your sleeve if necessary.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Do not share food, drinks, or utensils.