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Reducing the Spread of the Flu
The flu is caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. You can take many steps to reduce your risk of contracting the flu or spreading the flu to others.• When you are sick, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Promptly put tissues into a wastebasket or plastic bag.
Frequent hand-washing can reduce your risk of spreading or contracting bacteria and viruses that cause colds and the flu. You should wash your hands often throughout the day and especially
Steps for Proper Hand-washing
Developing a Preparedness Plan
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that individuals and families begin preparing for a possible influenza pandemic. Steps you should take include: