How to Avoid the Flu
by Lucinda Naples
The Flu is feared by many, and has been spreading around the school like wildfire. So how do you avoid it?
One essential step is getting a flu shot. When you get the vaccinations your body produces antibodies that protect you against the most common strains of the flu. While a flu shot does not guarantee you won’t get the flu, it may make the symptoms less severe. It’s not too late to get a shot, the flu will continue to spread until may.
If you notice that someone is coughing or sneezing, stay away. The flu can be spread through the air by way of small droplets. Although the sneeze may be an innocent bit of dust in someone’s nose, you can never be too safe.
A very helpful, although hard to follow tip, is to refrain from touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. Touching a contaminated surface won’t give you the flu, but it can be transferred from your hands to your mouth or nose.
Something almost everyone has heard is “wash your hands”! If soap and water isn’t available hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is your next best bet. While at school, work, or the mall, you may touch a lightswitch, a railing, or some other commonly touched item. Do not forget to wash your hands!
Never pick up someone else’s used tissue. Although you may think you’re being helpful, you’re just hurting yourself. The flu is easily spread that way.
Don’t share food or drinks with infected people. It’s one of the easiest ways to catch the flu.
Remember to get your flu shot, stay away from sneezes and coughs, don’t touch your face, wash your hands, don’t share your food, and never pick up another person’s tissue.