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Five Ways to Prevent the Spread of Influenza

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are basic preventative action steps that can help prevent the spread of Influenza.1

1) Receive the flu vaccine annually as directed by your healthcare provider. [The flu vaccine does not give patients the flu.]

2) Suspected or confirmed patients with Influenza should be placed on droplet precautions, and not allowed to wait in general waiting rooms while waiting to be seen.

3) Hand Hygiene is the most basic element of infection prevention for preventing the transmission of Influenza. Use an alcohol-based hand rub (i.e., alcohol-impregnated wipes) when soap and water is not available.

4) Disinfect high-touch, noncritical items and environmental surfaces, such as blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, wheelchairs, stethoscopes, tables, and examination tables, with an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant with approved efficacy claims against the Influenza virus.

5) There are antiviral medications that can be prescribed when appropriate to lessen the severity of symptoms.