- Wash your hands often using soap and water.
- When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth or nose with a tissue. Throw out the tissue immediately.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose as much as possible.
- If a family member gets the flu, try to avoid contact with him or her.
- If you get the flu, avoid contact with others as much as possible.
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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredTo protect your family from the flu, the first step is to make sure all family members over six months of age get an annual influenza vaccine. This vaccine guards against viruses that cause the flu. Encouraging all members of your family to adopt some healthy habits can protect against the flu, too. Pass along these rules for fighting the flu:
Tanya Remer Altmann, Pediatrics, answered
The best way to protect your family from the flu is to vaccinate. The flu vaccine is recommended yearly for everyone 6 months and older. It can be given as a shot or as a nasal spray, which is currently approved for children older than 2 years. And no, you can’t catch the flu from the vaccine.
If you think anyone in your family has the flu, see your physician as soon as possible. In some cases your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication to help reduce the severity of flu symptoms and decrease the chance that the rest of your family catches the virus.
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