How to Prepare for a Flu Pandemic

Every year over 60 million people contract the flu in the U.S. Following these steps can prevent you and your family from getting it too. Or if you already have it, it will help you from spreading it to others.

Steps

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    Get Vaccinated. Vaccination is the best protection against contracting the flu. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu as soon as the 2010-2011 season vaccine is available in your area.
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    Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
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    Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. You can also use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
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    Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
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    Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
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    Stay home if you are sick until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100°F or 37.8°C) or signs of a fever (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol).
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    While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
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    Drink lots of O.J. The vitamin C will help you recover.

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Categories: Colds and Viruses