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Tips to Avoid Influenza

Posted: 10/01/2014

People throughout the United States are affected by seasonal influenza.  To help reduce your chance of illness, consider the following recommendations:

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for 15 to 20 seconds.  This will help protect you from germs.
  • When soap and water are not available, foam sanitizers (located near entrances and elevators at Roosevelt) or gel sanitizers are good alternatives. By rubbing your hands until the foam or gel are dry, you will kill the germs on your hands.
  • If you are ill with the flu or other ailments, stay home and keep away from others as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness.
  • Do not go to work or school for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. If you leave the house to seek medical care, wear a facemask, if available, and cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • With seasonal flu, people may be contagious from one day before they develop symptoms to up to seven days after they get sick.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu.