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You can take these actions to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs.
It is recommended that everyone ages 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine, but always check with your child’s care team before getting a flu shot.
When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.
Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands. During the COVID-19 pandemic, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when you are around others who don’t live in your household.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Germs are often spread when people touch a surface that has germs and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Reviewed: October 2020