Fever, aches, runny nose and much worse can befall you if you’re not careful in protecting yourself from the flu. Between school, work, and taking care of your family, you’re probably far too busy to fall ill.  Taking a few simple steps can help prevent the flu (and even colds) from disrupting your life, so you can stay on task.

One way to prevent seasonal flu is to wash your hands frequently. Wash after you shake hands with anyone, after you use the restroom, and before you eat. A thorough washing is best, which means at least 20 seconds with soapy water. When you get home from school or work or anywhere else with high risk, it’s also a good idea to change your clothes as well as wash your hands.

Also, remember to keep your hands away from your face. If you do have any germs on your hands, you can at least prevent them from getting in your body by making sure not to touch your nose, mouth or eyes: all common places for germs to get in.

Another to consider: take care of yourself. A healthy immune system can fight off the germs that sneak in. Get plenty of sleep, eat a balanced diet with lots of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables, stay active, and drink plenty of water.

Finally, the best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.

Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. There are plenty of great reasons to get your flu vaccine:


For more information about the flu and flu vaccinations go to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm, and talk to your doctor.

Jennifer Adamson and Linda Bueno, RN, MEd