The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.
While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the four main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season.
The vaccine can protect you from getting sick from these four viruses, or it can make your illness milder if you get a different flu virus.
Moist mucous membranes are more resistant to infection than dry ones.
Get eight hours of sleep a night.
Eat three, well-balanced meals a day.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Disinfect common, shared household objects, such as your computer mouse and keyboard, telephone, television remote control, etc. with a disinfectant.
Stay home from work and school until you have been fever free for 24 hours, without the aid of fever reducing medicine.
Isolate yourself from roommates or family members as much as possible.
Anyone who has been in close contact with you within 24 hours of your getting sick should contact their health care provider, if they have an underlying health condition.
Flu shots are no longer available in the Injection Clinic.