Illnesses like the flu (influenza) and colds are caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu and colds usually spread from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.
Clean your hands often and follow the CDC's guidelines
Hand Hygiene is the #1 way to prevent infection. Please refer to the Port Huron Hospital Hand Hygiene policy 1.4.4
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs can live for a long time (some can live for 2 hours or more) on surfaces like doorknobs, desks, and tables.
Stay home when you are sick and consult a health care provider when needed
When you are sick or have flu symptoms, stay home, get plenty of rest, and consult a health care provider as needed. Your employer may need a doctor’s note for an excused absence. Remember: Keeping your distance from others may protect them from getting sick. Common symptoms of the flu include:
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu, or call the CDC Flu Information Line at (800) CDC-INFO.