Health Tips to Fight the Flu

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by Carole Baynes

There has been a lot of flu talk lately, and we thought you might like some tips to help prevent getting it. These are mostly just common sense things that your mother probably told you. It doesn’t hurt to review a few of them and practice some of the following good health habits suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

1) Don’t have close contact with people if you suspect they are sick or when you are not feeling well.

2) Stay home from public places like work or school when you are ill. It may stop others from getting sick too.

3) Always cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. It helps to protect those around you.

4) WASH YOUR HANDS. (Can’t emphasize this one enough!) Cleaning hands regularly protects you from getting germs.

5) Try not to touch the eyes, mouth or nose areas. Germs spread quickly when you touch something contaminated and then touch eyes, etc.

6 ) Be sure to practice other good health habits such as drinking plenty of fluids, getting lots of sleep, eating nutritious food, being physically active and managing stress.

If you have symptoms like a sore throat, fever, cough and body aches, be sure to see your doctor.

For more information and to find out what IU is doing to help limit and prevent the flu outbreak, go to http://www.indianauniversity.info.