Learn how handwashing and healthy habits can help you fight the flu.

The flu isn’t just inconvenient. It can pose a major risk to your family’s health. Learn how to avoid infection this flu season by adopting healthy habits.

Don’t forget your flu shot
According to the CDC, everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot. Flu shots are required each year, because they’re specially formulated to fight that season’s strains of the flu. Ask your doctor which type of flu shot is best for you. You may be able to receive an intradermal vaccine or a nasal spray. If you need the traditional vaccine don’t worry, it’s very quick and easy.

Avoid germs in public
It’s impossible to avoid germs entirely, but you can do your part to avoid getting sick from them. When you’re out in public touching a lot of surfaces, such as when you're shopping, make good use of hand sanitizer and wipes. Don’t be part of the problem. If you’re sick, stay at home. Don’t send sick kids to school.

Wash hands thoroughly
It may seem simple to wash your hands, but not everyone knows how to do it right. In honor of National Handwashing Awareness Week, evaluate the way you wash your hands and teach your family the proper techniques. Remember, hands should be washed for at least 20 seconds according to the CDC’s recommendations. When you’re washing, use soap and water of any temperature. Wash every surface of your hands as well as under your fingernails. Don’t forget to dry with a clean towel, an air dryer or paper towels. Wash your hands frequently, and remind anyone feeling sick in your home to wash after all coughs and sneezes.

Need a flu shot? North Hills Hospital can help. Call 1-855-5NHILLS for a physician referral today. Visit our online Health Library here to learn more about the flu and spread of illness.

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