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In addition to receiving the flu vaccine this year, here are some preventative steps you can take to help prevent catching the flu.
- Wash your hands throughout the day. Especially if you’ve been sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose, and if you’ve been around others who are sick. Also, make sure to wash your hands before eating.
- Try not to share objects with others. This applies especially if they’re sick.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs are easily spread this way.
- Receive plenty of rest each night. It’s always a great idea for you to receive the adequate amount of hours of rest.
- Limit your stress. In a perfect world, stress wouldn’t exist. While it can happen daily, try to limit how you let it affect your body.
- Throw away used tissues after coughing and sneezing. Don’t leave them around your workspace or at home for germs to spread onto other items or surfaces.
- Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. This helps keep your body and your immune system strong.
- Stay away from those who are sick. This can be hard to do if you work in the medical field, but try to limit your contact with people who are sick. If you have to be around them, take the appropriate precautionary measures so you don’t become sick.
- If you become ill, isolate yourself. Stay away from others – especially the vulnerable ones, such as the elderly and children.
- Did we mention isolate yourself? Once again, if you are sick, don’t go into work or school. Stay home until you’re out of the contagious phase.