7 Health Habits to Help Fend Off the Flu

The flu season is now in full swing in New Jersey: The New Jersey Department of Health is reporting that “high” levels of flu-like illness are being experienced state-wide.

Flu can spread from person to person by touching something with the virus on it like a countertop or doorknob and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes, or breathing in air with droplets produced by coughing and sneezing.

Follow these tips to help keep you and your family healthy:

  • Get a flu shot! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a vaccine each year, especially those with certain medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease
  • When sneezing or coughing, cover your nose and mouth, or cough into your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth as germs are easily spread that way.
  • Wash your hands often, especially after sneezing. Use hand sanitizer if soap isn’t
    available.
  • Keep a safe distance from a person who is sneezing and coughing.
  • Regularly clean common surfaces like countertops, telephones, computer keyboards and chairs.
  • If you’re ill with the flu or a respiratory infection, stay home so you don’t infect others.

It’s not too late to get the flu shot! To find a RWJBarnabas Health physician near you, visit http://bit.ly/2ioti8F

Categories: Wellness