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Stop the flu from spreading

Simple solutions for your church, ministry or school

The flu virus most often targets the most vulnerable: the young or elderly, those with compromised immune systems. You can take a stand against spreading the flu to the most vulnerable by being proactive about prevention. 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.

Disinfect these surfaces.

  • Sinks — kitchen and bathroom
  • Countertops
  • Doorknobs
  • Computer equipment — mouse, keyboard, etc.
  • Cell phones and telephones
  • TV and game remote controls
  • Toys and electronics

Remember to get vaccinated.

The CDC stresses that the most important step in protecting against this serious disease is getting vaccinated. Either the flu shot or nasal spray will work. 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 CDC provides more tips for parents, schools and child care providers and healthcare providers.

GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention welcomes the opportunity to share this general information. However, this article is not intended to be relied upon as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.