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We can, however, avoid this from being our reality this winter by implementing the following precautions:
Vaccination is highly recommended as it is the most reliable and effective method of prevention, everyone 6 months old and older can get vaccinated (unless advised otherwise by a health practitioner). Flu vaccines are administered through the injection method and protection lasts throughout the flu season.
• Practice Good Hygiene Habits
We are constantly advised to wash our hands as a means of preventing sickness of every sort, this is also applicable to influenza — the frequent washing of hands with water and soap is very vital in ensuring that germs are not spread. Alternatively one can make use of a hand sanitizer if water and soap are not of close proximity as it serves the same purpose.
• Avoid Contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick as influenza spreads by, “airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes), skin-to-skin contact (handshakes or hugs), saliva (kissing or shared drinks) and touching a contaminated surface (blanket or doorknob).”