Take Steps to Prevent the Flu

Do you remember the last time you caught the flu? You probably sneezed and coughed and ached all over, resting your stuffy head by a box of tissues and wishing you had the energy to do more than lie there.

Well, it’s time to watch out. The flu virus is preparing to pounce again. 

About one in five Americans catch the flu each year, but less than one percent have reported flu symptoms so far. That’s good news for you. There’s still time to get vaccinated before peak season arrives, plus encourage staff and volunteers to do the same. Flu season can peak anywhere between late November and March, so be sure you’re ready to keep people healthy. Here’s how:


Stay in Touch with Experts

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues weekly updates about the spread of the flu in the United States. Use the CDC's FluView report to learn about the current situation in your area.


Take Commonsense Precautions

While a flu shot is generally the best defense, you can take other precautions to limit flu’s spread, such as these:

If you're sick:

  • Stay home and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
  • Clean your hands often.


If you’re well:

  • Limit contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice healthy habits for eating, sleeping, and exercise.

You can be a positive force in helping people stay healthy, so they don’t endure what you did, the last time you caught the flu.