How can you prevent the flu?

The flu is a highly contagious virus that can be prevented, in part, with certain basic practices. We’ve compiled some information on precautions you can take to prevent the flu, and ways you can help stop the spread of the flu virus.

Protect yourself and stay flu-free:

  • Get a flu shot every year. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub – it’s one of the best ways to avoid catching, or spreading the viruses you come in contact with.
  • Never share glassware or silverware with infected persons.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

Do your part to stop the spread of the flu virus:

  • Practice good hygiene, such as covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home from work or school when you are sick. While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Properly dispose of tainted tissues.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Seasonal Influenza (Flu). Retrieved from: Accessed January 23, 2012.