Be a Germ-Stopper: Healthy Habits Keep You and Your Loved Ones Well

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Fall is a season of many wonderful things. The temperature drops, and Halloween and Thanksgiving festivities are on the horizon. But just as we are gearing up for football season, another kind of season creeps in upon us as well: Flu Season.

Of course the best way is to prevent the seasonal flu bug (Influenza) is to get vaccinated every year. But, it is also important to practice a few healthy habits of your own to help stop the spread of germs.

1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, avoid close contact with others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick, if possible. You will prevent others from catching your illness. The CDC recommends staying home for 24 hours after your fever is gone.

3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and drop it in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cover your mouth and nose as best as you can.

4. Wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze. This is one of the most effective ways to help stop the spread of germs to others.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Sickness is often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep. Exercise regularly. Drink plenty of fluids. Eat nutritious foods, and manage your stress levels.

For additional information on staying healthy this fall, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm.