Avoid the Flu!

November 08, 2018

In Hawaii, you can catch the flu any time of the year but fall and winter are when flu viruses are most common. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 80,000 Americans died during last year’s flu season as a result of the flu and flu-related complications.

There are things you can do to protect yourself and your family from this contagious disease, including getting vaccinated and taking sensible actions at home. Here are some healthy, everyday suggestions to prevent the spread of the flu, courtesy of the CDC:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you or one of your family members has the flu, that person should stay at home to get rest and limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover both your nose and mouth with a tissue. Be sure to toss the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If a tissue isn’t handy at the moment, you can use your sleeve to cover your nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If they’re not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Doing so can spread germs.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects in your home that may be contaminated with germs. That includes door knobs, refrigerator handles, toys and other frequently touched objects.

This informational video from the CDC is less than 3 minutes long and is packed with helpful tips on what to do if you catch the flu, and how you can remove germs in your home.