Get a flu vaccine: The flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent the flu. It’s recommended that everyone over 6 months old get vaccinated annually, especially those who are at a higher risk of complications, such as the elderly, pregnant women, and people with certain medical conditions.
Wash your hands regularly: The flu virus can be spread through contact with infected surfaces, so it’s important to wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Cover your mouth and nose: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your elbow if a tissue is not available. This can help prevent the spread of the virus to others.
Stay home if you’re sick: If you have the flu, it’s important to stay home from work, school, and other public places until you’re no longer contagious. This can help prevent the spread of the virus to others.
Take antiviral medications: If you do get the flu, antiviral medications can help shorten the duration and severity of your illness. These medications work best when taken within the first 48 hours of symptoms appearing.