While vaccination is the most effective way to prevent infection, there are a number of common-sense precautions you can practice to reduce the likelihood of catching or spreading the flu this season.
- When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue and discard the tissue. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
Wash your hands with soap and water often and especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are effective as well.
- Avoid touching your hands to your eyes, nose and mouth.
When using exercise equipment at the gym, take advantage of sanitary sprays and disinfectants to clean your hands and wipe down equipment before and after use.
Try to avoid contact with sick people.
Stay away from public places if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Do not travel if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
To schedule an appointment with a physician who can administer a flu shot or treat the flu, call HealthFinder at 504.456-5000 or visit ejgh.org.