Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department

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Four simple steps to prevent getting the flu

  1. Get your flu vaccination!

    Receiving an annual flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and those close to you. Your flu vaccination from last year will not protect you from the flu this year. You must receive a flu vaccination yearly since the virus changes from year to year. This year's vaccine is made to work against the flu strains that are most likely to circulate this year. 
     
  2. Wash your hands!

    Flu virus is spread by droplets from the nose and throat. The virus can stay alive on surfaces such as door handles, desks, faucets, and shared towels. Wash your hands often throughout the day with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand wash. 

  3. Cover your sneezes and coughs!

    Cough and sneeze into your elbow rather than into your hands. Discard used tissues in the trash. Again, wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, and handling used tissue.

  4. Stay home from work when you are sick!

    It is not admirable for you to show up for work when you have the flu. You are doing nobody a favor. You are merely spreading your illness to your co-workers. 

    It's always important to practice healthy lifestyle habits to keep your body strong and ready to fight disease at all times. Healthy eating, exercise, quitting smoking, having a yearly check-up and staying current on your immunizations can go a long way toward keeping you healthy.