COLD & FLU BASICS

COLD & FLU BASICS

Prevention

UNDERSTANDING COLD AND FLU PREVENTION

Beware—viruses can easily spread from one person to another.

We come into contact with viruses and bacteria all the time. But during cold and flu season, catching a cold or the flu occurs more often because we don’t pay attention to how germs are spreading.

Common ways cold and flu viruses spread

Germs in air

Passed through the air by coughing and sneezing.

Person touching doornknob

Physical contact with the virus on objects.

Person rubbing eyes

Touching your eyes, nose or mouth with dirty hands.

Fight cold and flu viruses with these

Alcohol-based sanitizer

Clean your hands often with an alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and water.

Flu shot

Get an annual flu shot before the start of flu season. It takes at least 2 weeks to build immunity.