Do These 5 Things to Prevent the Spread of Germs

February 09, 2018

As flu activity continues to be widespread in Michigan, Katherine Reyes, M.D., MPH, medical director of Henry Ford’s Infection Prevention and Control, offers these 5 tips to help prevent the spread of germs:

  • Get Your Flu Shot. It’s not too late to get vaccinated. Adequate supply is available. The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself. While it may not stop you from getting the flu, the flu shot helps lessen the symptoms and decrease the risk for complications. Anyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot every year.
  • If You’re Sick, Stay Home. Rest and drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated. Avoid going out to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Talk to Your Doctor. If you have flu-like symptoms, call your doctor to discuss medication specific for flu. Treatment can lessen the duration of your symptoms and prevent complications. This is especially true for children ages five and under, seniors ages 65 and older and those who have comorbid conditions or who are pregnant. 
  • Wash Your Hands. Frequent hand washing is essential, especially before touching your face and mouth. Soap and water is best; if not available, use alcohol-based sanitizing gel or wipes.
  • Clean and Disinfect Your Home and Office. Some germs can stay on hard surfaces like door handles and countertops for at least 24 hours.