Take the following steps to help prevent the spread of flu:
The single best way to stay healthy during flu season is to get immunized. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine, even if the flu season has already started. Call your doctor to get the flu vaccine.
If you need help finding a doctor to get your flu shot, call 1-800-SCRIPPS (
Flu vaccines are also available at many retail locations. Visit the HealthMap vaccine finder to find a flu vaccine vendor near you.
Wash your hands often
Proper hand washing can help remove flu virus germs on your hands. Be sure to wash with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners can also be effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Germs can spread this way.
Stay home if you are sick
Going to work or school can make it easier for the germs to spread to others. If you think you have the flu, stay home and limit contact with others.
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
Use your sleeve, or use a tissue — not your hands. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it and wash your hands at the earliest opportunity.
Keeping surfaces clean
Disinfect commonly used areas with a combination detergent and disinfectant product. You can also use a cleaner first and then follow with a disinfectant. Use sanitizer cloths to clean keyboards, phones, remote controls, hand-held games, door handles, steering wheels and other objects shared with others. Also, thoroughly wash drinking glasses and eating utensils. Studies show that the influenza virus can remain viable on objects and can infect a person up to eight hours after being deposited on the surface.