Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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Prevention & Treatment

Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death.

CDC urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu):

Step One

Take time to get a flu vaccine.(https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/index.htm)

Take time to get a flu vaccine like this young boy from an older female nurse.

Step Two

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.(https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits/index.htm)

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs like this mother teaching her young child to wash hands.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  • See Everyday Preventive Actions [257 KB, 2 pages](https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/everyday_preventive.pdf) and Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for more information about actions – apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine – that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like influenza (flu).
Step 3

Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them(https://www.cdc.gov/flu/antivirals/index.htm).

Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them like this older woman listening to her doctor.