Cold & Flu Prevention Tips

  • Frequently, wash your hands with warm soapy water: Lather up and wash hands for at least 20 seconds and thoroughly rinse. Or use waterless hand cleaners if there are no washing facilities available.
  • Don't share food, drinks or eating utensils.
  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces frequently: Use a ½ cup of bleach per gallon of water as a disinfectant on door knobs, counter tops, telephone, toys, desks and bathrooms.
  • Don't touch your face: Especially the eyes, nose and mouth unless you wash your hands first.
  • Stay home if you are sick: Going to work or school while you are sick exposes many other people to your illness and means that you are not getting the rest you need to get well.
  • Get plenty of rest and eat lots of vegetables and fruit.
Get a flu shot if you:

  • People 65 years of age and older and all children aged 6-23 months;
  • Persons aged 2-64 years of age with chronic medical conditions;
  • Women that will be pregnant during the flu season;
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities;
  • Household members and out-of-home caregivers of infants under the age of 6 months (Children under the age of 6 months cannot be vaccinated);
  • Healthcare workers who provide direct patient care.