Preventing the flu: here’s what you can do

By Megan Murphy


The 2018 flu season has been more dangerous than recent years, as a particularly virulent strain of the flu has swept the nation, infecting millions of people. According to the CDC, the best preventative measure one can take against the flu is getting a flu vaccine, and the best time to do that is before the end of October, when flu season starts to kick off. However, there are some steps that can be taken every day to prevent the spread of germs that could lead to flu illness in the community.

  • When getting a flu vaccine, do not get the nasal spray flu vaccine. The CDC states that it is not recommended during this flu season.
  • If you do contract the flu, stay home unless you are seeking medical attention.
  • Avoid contact with sick people if at all possible.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough.
  • Clean surfaces that may have flu germs on them with disinfectant.

The flu season usually ends in March, but can continue on until May. Taking preventative action can help keep everyone healthy and prevent the spread of all illnesses.