Staying Healthy This Flu Season


By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) With the flu getting more active across Idaho, there are several things you can do to protect you and your family from getting sick.

"The biggest thing is certainly hand hygiene. Washing our hands, using hand sanitizer, covering our mouths when we cough, sneeze, not sharing utensils and things like that to try and avoid the spread of those germs," said Family Physician Trevor Satterfield.

Influenza can spread fairly easily and it's easy to spread the virus in places like schools and businesses.

"That's how outbreaks happen, is by people going into community or group areas and that is a very easy way for the flu to pass from one person to another in a very quick manner. And we encourage the person who is sick to stay home. We encourage the companies or the businesses to let them stay home if they are sick," said Mary Jensen with the South Central Public Health District.

If you are going to be out in public, take the extra time to protect yourself from commonly spread germs.

"When you are out in public, the best thing you can do is just be aware of where you are and what you are doing. Most of the places now have sanitary wipes so when you get a grocery cart, make sure that you wipe the handle down before you go into the store. That will help protect you. Make sure you wash your hands off, don't put your hands up to your face," said Mary Jensen with the South Central Public Health District.

The best way to prevent from catching the flu is by vaccination. The south central health district still has both the flu vaccine and the nasal spray available.

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