Guidance for Flu Prevention

Stop the spread of germs.

The best way to prevent flu is to get vaccinated each year. Still, other prevention methods can be used to help stop the spread of germs. So, learn about steps you can take to protect yourself and others. 

1.   Avoid close contact. 

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. 

2.   While sick, limit contact with others. 

Stay home, when you are sick for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

3.   Cover your nose and mouth. 

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Discard tissue after use. 

4.   Wash hands frequently. 

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5.   Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 

Germs spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. 

6.   Clean and disinfect surfaces.  

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.


Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

If you get flu, antiviral drugs can be used as treatment. Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time when you are sick. If you are prescribed antivirals, it is important to complete your treatment. 


For more Information

3 Actions to Prevent Flu 
What You Should Know About Flu Antiviral Drugs 
Preventing Flu in Schools
Preventing Flu in Businesses 
Preventing Flu in Long-Term Care Facilities