How to Protect Yourself Against The Flu

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  1. Keep your hands away from your face. The most common way for germs to enter your body is by way of your hands. You touch everything with your hands and then introduce germs into your body by scratching your nose, or eyes. If you must scratch your face do it with the back of your hand.

  2. Turn your face away when someone is coughing or sneezing. Most people don’t truly cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze and the force projects the germs into the air directly in front or to the sides of the person coughing.

  3. Avoid touching doorknobs and faucets. Use a tissue or paper towel to open the door or to turn on the faucets in public restrooms. There are people who do not wash their hands before leaving the restroom and they touch the doorknob or handle with the hand that they used to go to the bathroom. Also, turn the faucet on first before washing hands and then use a paper towel to turn it off to avoid contaminating your hands again.

  4. Learn the proper way to wash your hands. You don’t have to work in a hospital to learn the proper way to wash your hands. Rinse your hands under water first before using the soap. Once hands are completely rinsed then add soap and wash all areas covering the front and back of your hands. Wash a second time for at least 3 minutes. Don’t forget—DO NOT turn off the faucet with your clean hands, instead use a paper towel.

  5. Avoid stressful situations. Worrying about getting swine flu can cause unnecessary stress and this can cause your immune system to break down. Keep a level head this flu season and educate yourself on how to protect yourself against the flu.

  6. Avoid getting a flu shot. Anytime I ever received a flu shot I got the flu. The flu shot is designed to introduce the flu into your body in small doses so that you can build a defense against it. If that were the case then why do we have to get a flu shot every year? This is a personal choice and I know this will cause major disagreement from those who strongly believe that the flu shot will help them from getting the flu but I, like so many others, disagree.

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