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Here is a list of things we can all do to avoid spreading the flu, compiled by Carol Rice, Extension health specialist:
· Get the seasonal flu immunization as soon as possible and the H1N1 vaccination as recommended for you.
· Recognize early signs of flu: fever at 100⁰F or higher, dry cough, sore throat, muscle aches and pain, headache, and cold symptoms. Stay at home until free from fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicines.
· Regularly wash hands with warm soap and water for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
· Provide and use disinfecting wipes on commonly touched/shared surfaces like door handles, copy machine buttons, phones, etc.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
· Shield coughs and sneezes with your elbow or upper arm rather than your hands; use disposable tissues and discard promptly after use. Keep tissues readily available.
· Avoid shaking hands.
· Maintain a distance of three to six feet from others who appear sick.
· Keep your immune system strong with regular exercise, adequate sleep, and a good diet.