Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help You Stay Healthy

2009-05-25

The spread of this novel H1N1 Influenza is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads.

The below 6 healthy habits can protect everyone from getting germs or spreading germs at home, work, or school. 
 

1.Cover your mouth and nose.
 Humidify and protect mucosa of mouth and nose. Consider using masks. Gargle often.
 
 Cough Etiquette. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.


2.Clean your hands.
 Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
 
 Wash your hands often with soap and water for 15 to 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze.

 Alcohol-based hands cleaners and gels are also effective. Rub them into hands until they are dry.


3.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.


4.Avoid close contact and stay home when you are sick.
 Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. 

If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to protect them from getting sick too. Stay home for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer.


5.Practice other good health habits. Keep your immune system strong.
 Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.


6.Use the reliable mainstream media as your best source of information about what has happened, and the blogs as your best warning about what might happen.



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