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Flu Prevention

The greatest defense against the spread of flu is planning and prevention. 

Receiving the flu vaccine is of utmost importance and is the primary way to avoid catching the flu. 

Prevent the spread of flu and colds by:

If you are sick, stay home.

Staying home from work or school means just that - staying home.  Don't go to the gym, to the mall or to other public places.  If you keep your child home from school, your child should stay at the house. 

Please do not take sick children to dance class, football practice, the YMCA, Scouts, or any other extracurricular activities where illness can be spread among children. Make sure you have a back-up childcare plan in case your child's day care or school closes due to the flu. 

Keep in mind that you can be contagious the day before you experience any flu symptoms.  You continue to be contagious as long as you are symptomatic.  That's why staying home is so important to prevent the spread of the flu viruses.

The Proper Way to Wash Your Hands

When washing hands with soap and water:

  1. Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
  2. Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
  3. Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend!
  4. Rinse hands well under running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.

Remember: If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel to clean hands.

When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:

  1. Apply product to the palm of one hand.
  2. Rub hands together.
  3. Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry. 

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)

The Proper Way to Sneeze or Cough

Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick!

Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza are spread by:

  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Unclean hands

To help stop the spread of germs, knowing the proper way to cough/sneeze is important:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Put your used tissue in the waste basket.

Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing.  Wash with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner. 

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)

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