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How to Prevent the Flu

How to Prevent the Flu

Prevent catching and spreading the flu virus with these flu prevention tips.

There are several steps you can take to help prevent catching the flu virus and help reduce the spread of viruses. Flu virus prevention is easier than you think. With regular cleaning and disinfecting and self-care you can help prevent the spread of cold and flus.

Cold and Flu Virus Prevention Tips:

  • Get vaccinated. According to the CDC, the flu shot is the most effective step to flu prevention. In general, all healthy people should get vaccinated. The CDC now recommends that, in addition to other high-risk groups, all healthy children get a flu vaccination. Find a local vaccination center here.
  • Wash your hands. Cold and flu viruses may be spread by indirect contact and the best flu prevention tip is to wash your hands regularly. Maybe someone sneezes onto their hand and then touches a doorknob, only to have the virus picked up by the next person who also touches it. Washing your hands is the best way to help prevent getting the flu virus or getting sick.
  • Avoid touching your face. Keep unwashed hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent infection.
  • Do the elbow cough. Since viruses and germs cling to your bare hands, you can reduce the spread of viruses and help prevent the spread of flu by perfecting the art of the elbow cough. When you cough, simply cover your face with your entire elbow. It’s also an easy technique to teach kids so they can help prevent the spread of the flu as well.
  • Drink water. Water can help strengthen your immune system and help keep the flu at bay. And if you do catch the flu virus, water can help flush your system, rehydrates you and helps wash out the toxins. To boost immunity, an adult should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day. If the color of your urine is close to clear, then you are getting enough. If it’s deep yellow, drink more water.

Disinfecting and Cleaning to Prevent the Spread of the Flu Virus

To help prevent the spread of the flu virus on surfaces it’s best to use the tips above and to regularly clean and disinfect surfaces. Using disinfecting cleaning products can help kill 99.9% of flu virus germs on hard, nonporous surfaces and prevent the spread of colds and flus.

Always disinfect commonly touched surfaces. Viruses that cause colds and flu can survive on common surfaces for up to 72 hours. To help prevent the spread of the flu virus on surfaces use Clorox® disinfecting products on phone receivers, doorknobs, light switches and remote controls.

Learn more about cleaning for flu prevention and the difference between disinfecting and sanitizing.