Each year, between 5 - 20 percent of the U.S. population will get the flu. Of those who contract the flu, roughly 200,000 will be hospitalized as a result. Still, between 3,000 and 49,000 people die from flu-related causes in the U.S. each year. [source]
Despite how contagious the flu might be, there are several steps you can take in order to avoid getting it. We've provided some helpful tips below.
Prevent the Flu in 6 Steps
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are several steps you can take to avoid getting the flu:
#1 - Avoid People Who Have the Flu.
While it may seem obvious, you should take care to avoid those around you who may be displaying signs and symptoms of the flu. By keeping your distance, you'll also be lowering your risk.
#2 - Avoid Spreading Germs.
If you are sick, it is best to stay home and rest. Doing so will help you recover faster while also avoiding getting others sick.
#3 - Cover Your Nose/Mouth.
Always cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. This will prevent your germs from spreading to others - even if you're not sick.
#4 - Wash Your Hands.
Before eating, after using the restroom, and any other time when necessary - always make sure you wash your hands. You should use soap and allow at least 30 seconds of hand washing under warm - hot water.
#5 - Avoid Touching Your Face.
One of the fastest ways to spread germs is to touch something that is contaminated and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
#6 - Practice Healthier Habits.
Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and fluids. Learn to manage your stress effectively, make healthy eating options, and keep a stash of antibacterial hand wipes handy around the office or home to wipe down surfaces.
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