CDC, McConnell medics offer flu-prevention tips

People should wash hands frequently with soap and warm water or sanitize them with an alcohol-based hand rub to prevent flu infection, according to Center for Disease Control and Prevention officials. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Laura Suttles)

People should wash hands frequently with soap and warm water or sanitize them with an alcohol-based hand rub to prevent flu infection, according to Center for Disease Control and Prevention officials. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Laura Suttles)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Center for Disease Control and Prevention and McConnell Medical Clinic officials recommend people follow the tips below to prevent flu infection.
  •  Keep sick people away from others as much as possible. Have them wear a face mask if feasible.
  •  Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water or sanitize them with an alcohol-based hand rub. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Keep surfaces such as doorknobs and toys clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.
  • Keep people other than caregivers out of a sick person's room.
  • Pregnant women and people with health conditions affecting their immune systems should avoid caring for those who are sick. 
  • Try to stay at least six feet from people who have flu symptoms.
  • Wash all linens, eating utensils and dishes possibly exposed to the flu virus with hot water and soap. 
  • Over-the-counter cold and flu medications may help lessen flu symptoms, but children and teenagers should not take aspirin. Check ingredient labels before administering medications. 
For more information, visit the CDC Web site at http://www.cdc.go/h1n1flu/ or call the CDC hotline, available 24 hours a day at 1-800-232-4636.