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Flu Prevention Tips

Flu Prevention Tips

There are things you can do to help prevent catching the flu and reduce the spread of viruses.

Get vaccinated.

Vaccination is the first step to flu prevention. In general, all healthy people should get vaccinated. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that high-risk groups and all healthy children get a flu vaccination.

Wash your hands regularly.

Cold and flu viruses may spread by indirect contact. Someone could sneeze into their hand and then touch a doorknob, leaving behind the virus for the next person who touches it. Washing hands is the best way to prevent getting sick.

Do the elbow cough.

Viruses cling to your bare hands. You can reduce the spread of viruses by coughing into your elbow instead of your hands.

Disinfect common surfaces.

Viruses that cause colds and flu can survive on common surfaces for up to 48 hours. Don’t forget to use Clorox® disinfecting products on common surfaces such as phone receivers, doorknobs, light switches and remote controls.

Drink water.

Water can help strengthen your immune system and help prevent you from catching the flu. If you do get sick, water rehydrates you and flushes out the toxins in your system.

The World Health Organization recommends the following average water intake guidelines:

  • Adults in normal conditions: 1–2.4 liters/day
  • Adults in high average temp (32°C): 2.8–3.4 liters/day
  • Adults that are moderately active: 3.7 liters/day
  • Children 10 years of age: 1 liter/day

For more information on how much water you should drink refer to World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines.