The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot each year.
DON'T LET THIS BUG NEAR YOU OR YOUR FAMILY! In the United States, seasonal influenza disease (also known as “the flu”) occurs during the late fall through early spring seasons. Every year, an average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from flu.
Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
In addition to getting the flu vaccine, you should take these steps to avoid spreading germs:
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, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If you get the flu, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.