Do you have the Flu?

Seriously folks. The flu has started early and has become more of a problem than last year. Here in Canada its H3N2 giving us grief. There is still time to get a flu shot. It might not protect you entirely but its better than nothing. We had our shots here and we are not sick.

Remember these simple steps to help stop the flu from spreading:

Get Vaccinated

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. The 2012-2013 flu vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1, and two other influenza viruses (an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus).

Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Clean your hands.

 

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.

Stop the Spread of Germs. Healthy habits can protect everyone from getting germs or spreading germs at home, work, or school.

Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects.
Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu can help slow the spread of influenza.

In case you didn’t get the shot and have the flu, here is something that will help:

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http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/stopgerms.htm

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