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Prevent the Spread of Germs during Flu Season

YMCA of Greater Kansas City
December 6, 2018

Winter is just around the corner, which means cold and flu symptoms are on the rise. According to the CDC, December - February is peak time for the flu.  So as we prepare to gather with friends and family, let’s not forget that the best way to avoid getting sick is to help prevent the spread of germs.
 
If you follow some of the tips below, your chances of catching a cold or the flu can go down.
 

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. In our Y centers, hand sanitizer is available for you to use, in addition use the sinks and soap in the restrooms and locker rooms.
  2. Wipe down equipment at our Y centers after you use it. Look for spray bottles of cleaner and paper towels in our wellness areas.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  4. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  5. Practice good health habits. Get plenty of exercise and sleep, which can boost your immune system. Manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
  6. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. 
  7. If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.