Get a flu shot. Flu immunizations protect people from getting (and spreading) the flu.
Wash your hands often, at least before and after every meal.
If you have flu symptoms, take these precautions:
- Avoid public places for at least 5 to 7 days from the time your symptoms began or at least 24 hours after your fever goes away (without fever-reducing medication), whichever is longer.
- If you need to visit a clinic or hospital, wear a surgical face mask (or ask for one when you arrive). A face mask can help protect you and other patients.
- Cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Cough into your elbow rather than your hands.