Tips to Avoid the Flu

Isaac McCalip, Staff Writer

Like it or not flu season is here. Although it seems impossible to get away from, there are ways to lower the chance of catching the virus. Elk City Public Schools has the privilege to have two school nurses covering the grounds, Sarah Senger and Sheila Smith.

“The number one thing a student can do to prevent getting the flu is to get the flu vaccine. It is not too late to get the flu vaccine. Students can get one at their pharmacy, their health care provider’s office or the health department,” said Nurse Senger.

Nurse Senger also offers the following tips:

  1. Avoid close contact.
    Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  1. Stay home when you are sick.
    If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
  1. Cover your mouth and nose.
    Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and whooping cough are spread by coughing, sneezing or unclean hands.
  1. Clean your hands.
    Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  2. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

The Centers for Disease Control also has information to offer on preventing the flu. A couple tips they give the public are to wash your hands often; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Clean and disinfect areas often to keep from spreading flu-like germs. To get more information on how to help prevent getting the cold or flu, check out their website at