Another flu season is upon us, so now is the time to think about how you and your family can avoid the flu. Try following these steps at home and work provided by Josepha Peña, AgriLife Program Specialist for Adult Health, and hopefully your family will remain healthy this season!
Wash Your Hands
- Wash often and vigorously—for at least 20 seconds—using soap and water.
- Keep hand sanitizer available with at least 60 percent alcohol for times when water is not available; however, wash your hands as soon as you can as hand sanitizer does not remove dirt.
Cover Your Cough or Sneeze
- Cough or sneeze into the sleeve or your upper arm or crook of your elbow.
- Use disposable tissues rather than handkerchiefs and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Clean and Disinfect
- Clean surfaces with detergent and water.
- Look for disinfectants with an EPA registration for killing germs and disinfect common areas such as break rooms, restrooms and door knobs.
Build Your Immunity
- If you haven’t already, get your annual flu shot.
- Practice healthy lifestyle habits such as eating a balanced diet, reducing stress levels, getting plenty of rest and getting regular exercise.
Keep Your Distance
- Stay at home when you are sick and avoid kissing and hugging others while ill.
- Stay 3 to 6 feet away from others who are sick or if you are sick yourself.
You can generally return to work when your fever is below 100˚F for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicine, including Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin. As always, contact your family physician if you suspect you have flu symptoms.
For more information about the flu, visit the Texas Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) website at http://texashelp.tamu.edu.