According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) these are the best methods to prevent the spread of the flu and colds this fall and winter season.

Good Health Habits

Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. (Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.)

Cover Your Cough

Stop the Spread of Germs that makes you and others sick.

Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives Tips on hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers

It’s a SNAP Toolkit: Handwashing resources from the “It’s A SNAP program,” aimed at preventing school absenteeism by promoting clean hands. From the School Network for Absenteeism Prevention, a collaborative project of the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cleaning Institute.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches a surface or object that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Stop the Spread of Germs

Healthy habits can protect everyone from getting germs or spreading germs at home, work, or school.

Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects.

Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu can help slow the spread of influenza.

To find out more on how you can teach your children about the spread of germs and how it contributes to illness please visit the CDC website