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8 Ways to stop the flu from spreading

Simple solutions for your church, ministry or school

The flu virus often targets the most vulnerable: the young or elderly, those with compromised immune systems.

So what can you do to proactively protect them — and yourself — and prevent the spreading of the flu?

The influenza virus spreads by touch, such as shaking hands and touching surfaces. By implementing the seven simple steps below, you can help shield yourself and those around you from flu germs.

  1. Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer in between hand washings and when soap and water are not available.
  2. Dry your hands with a paper towel or use a dryer instead of reusable towels that may contain germs.
  3. Disinfect surfaces and commonly shared items daily (see suggestions at right).
  4. Cover your sneezes and coughs. Cough into the crook of your elbow instead of your hands when possible. Clean your hands immediately.
  5. Stay home if you are sick.
  6. If you notice flu symptoms in children or others in your care, notify their parent or loved one.
  7. Have tissues, soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer, disinfecting cleaner or bleach handy.
  8. Get vaccinated!

Why get a flu shot?

The CDC stresses that the most important step in protecting against this serious disease is getting vaccinated. It is particularly critical for those at high risk and the people caring for them. Flu complications can result in a trip to the hospital and even death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides practical details to help those who work with vulnerable groups to help slow transmission of this seasonal and deadly virus.