It’s starting earlier than usual with children said to be among the hardest hit this year. We’re done with masks, we’re gathering and traveling more and it’s getting colder, so we are all taking refuge indoors where the flu and other respiratory viruses spread more easily. All of these factors can contribute to why we're seeing an earlier onset to what might be a severe flu season. What can you do to prevent the flu? Our Public Health Director, Alissa Sedelow, MPH, has some answers:
- The single best way to reduce the risk of seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.
- Environmental disinfection helps to eliminate the flu virus from frequently touched surfaces in childcare facilities, schools, workplaces, and other settings where people regularly gather. Think healthier disinfectants with electrostatic sprayers that eliminate germs and bacteria on surfaces and in the air.
- Stay home if you’re feeling sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
- Good health habits like avoiding people who are sick, covering your cough, and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent flu.