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Illness Prevention Tips

FLU guide for Parents-ENG
FLU Guide for Parents-SP

Cover Your Cough, Cover Your Sneeze

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; or you can cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve.
  • DO NOT sneeze or cough into your hands.
  • Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
  • Wash Your Hands After Coughing or Sneezing.
  • Wash with soap and warm water often.
  • Clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner in between handwashing, when your hands are not visibly soiled.

Proper Handwashing

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) recommends the following procedure for thorough handwashing:

  • Wet hands with warm running water.
  • Apply handwashing agent (antibacterial soap) and thoroughly distribute over hands.
  • Vigorously rub hands together for 10 to 15 seconds, generating friction on all surfaces of the hands and fingers, including thumbs, backs of fingers, backs of the hands, and beneath the fingernails.
  • Rinse hands thoroughly to remove residual soap then dry using paper towels dispensed from holders that require the user to remove them one at a time.
  • If the sink does not have foot controls or an automatic shutoff, a paper towel may be used to shut off the faucet to avoid recontaminating the hands.

Flu Vaccine Information

DSHS urges everyone six months old and older to get vaccinated against the flu. It is particularly important for pregnant women, young children, older adults and people with chronic health conditions, because people in those groups are at a greater risk of severe complications if they do get the flu.