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Beat the bug: Tips to help you prevent the flu

 

The flu can affect anyone, young or old, at any time. Flu viruses can cause illness from early October to late May, however seasonal flu activity most commonly peaks between December and March. 

Every day a child is absent from school, they miss out on valuable educational lessons. Taking these four simple steps for staying healthy during flu season can help stop germs from spreading.

1. Get your flu shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months and older. It's the first and most important way to prevent the flu.

 

2. Help prevent the spread of germs.

Help protect yourself from contagious illnesses:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water.
  • Remind children and adults to avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

3. Avoid sick people and stay home if you are sick.

 

4. Reinforce healthy habits at home.

As a parent and teacher, you can help fight the spread of germs by diligently cleaning and disinfecting countertops and frequently-touched surfaces like doorknobs and light switches.