6 Tips to prevent flu

The most effective way to prevent flu or other communicable illnesses and its complications is by getting a yearly vaccine. However, adopting some healthy habits can also work wonders in preventing the spread of germs and steering clear of respiratory illnesses like the flu. Here are six tips that can help you shield yourself from the flu and stop those pesky germs in their tracks.

  1. Avoid close contact

Avoid hanging out with people who are under the weather. When you're feeling under the weather, give others some space to keep them from catching what you've got.

  1. Stay at home when you are sick

If you are feeling unwell, consider taking a break from your usual routine. Stay home from work, school, and errands to prevent passing on your illness to others.

  1. Cover your mouth and nose

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk.

  1. Clean your hands

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use and alcohol-based hand rub.

  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs can easily hop from contaminated surfaces to your face, so a hands-off approach is your best defense.

  1. Practice other good health habits.

Take it a step further by keeping your surroundings clean. Regularly disinfect commonly touched surfaces, especially if someone is feeling a bit under the weather. Don't forget to catch enough sleep, stay active, manage stress, hydrate, and eat well – it all adds up to a healthier you.

Remember, these small changes in your daily routine can make a big difference in staying flu-free and keeping those germs in check.


  1. Red Cross. Flu Safety. https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/flu-safety.html#:~:text=Wash%20hands%20frequently%20with%20soap,when%20you%20cough%20and%20sneeze.
  2. World Health Organization (WHO). Five simple steps to protect against flu. https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/five-simple-steps-to-protect-against-flu
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Influenza (Flu). https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm