How can I help prevent the spread of the flu?

Flu shot, hand wash. You and your family should get the flu shot. Young children are at high risk for complications from the flu. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Avoid close contact with sick people.
Vaccinate the family. The single most successful (and cost effective means) to prevent the spread of flu is to vaccinate all eligible members of your family. Of special importance is the vaccination of the pregnant mother: infants below 6 months of age are not candidates for the flu vaccine; therefore, the only way to impart immunity to the newborn is through the vaccination of his mother before delivery.
Good Hygiene. The flu is a common and potentially serious infection. The most important control measure is the flu vaccine, which can be given to children 6 months of age and older. Common sense measures include hand washing or sanitizer, covering your cough/sneeze, not sharing drinks and avoiding ill people and crowded areas during the flu season.

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How can I prevent the flu from happening?

Flu shot. The best preventative measures are to get a flu shot and to avoid contact with infected individuals and surfaces they have touched, sneezed or coughed on, etc.. Read more...

What are the best ways to prevent the flu?

Flu shot, wash hands. The best way to prevent flu is to get a shot. Now is a good time to get one. Also, wash your hands with soap and water or use hand cleanser frequently, especially after going to the bathroom and before eating or anytime you may touch your face. Read more...

How can you prevent the flu from spreading?

Several answers. If you have the flu, stay away from other people to whom you can give it. If not, avoid exposure, but most importantly, stay current with your immunizations. If you develop early symptoms your doctor can prescribe oseltamivir or other antivirals as the strain in circulation seems sensitive. Read more...

Does oscillococcinum really help prevent the flu?

Uncertain. I have heard claims about oscillococcinum & have intended to try it but have no personal experience with it as yet. Zinc lozenges, airborne/generic, elderberry, astragalus, echinacea all seem to have beneficial effects against flu if taken at very onset of flu or as a preventive. [caution: do not use zinc nasal gel (zicam): there have been reported cases of irreversible loss of smell with its use]. Read more...
Oscillococcinum. In my experience as a homeopathic physician treating people, yes it does. But you have to take it when you first notice symptoms, not several days later. (similar to conventional flu meds, by the way). Cochrane reviews was lukewarm about it: "our findings do not rule out the possibility that oscillococcinum could have a clinically useful treatment effect" http://tinyurl.Com/lgr8lrx. Read more...

What measures can be taken to prevent the flu this year?

Flu prevention. Getting a flu shot, washing hands frequently, getting sufficient rest and minimizing exposure to coughs and sneezes will help reduce risk for flu. Read more...

What are the simplest ways of preventing against getting a cold or the flu?

Hand washing & Frequent hand washing, avoid touching your face and nose, using a mask, avoiding crowded places would help. For additional information check out the cdc website. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm. Read more...

Does the flu shot prevent the flu?

Yes. The flu shot can be effective in prevention of whatever strains of influenza virus are covered the influenza combination used for that particular year. Even if one still catches the flu it is likely to be less aggressive. Read more...
Sometimes,however... Manufacturers have to predict which strains will circulate each year. This year's vaccine is thought to be only 10% effective. Even in the best years it doesn't always work. Flu vaccine temporarily reduces immunity and can have serious side effects. If you get it only get the single-dose vial form rather than the more commonly used multi-dose which has more mercury. See http://tinyurl.com/y8bufvlr. Read more...

Has anybody used homeophatic remedies to prevent the flu?

Flu. Yes but it is difficult to know if it worked since some individuals who don't take the remedy will not get the flu and some who take it will not get the flu. Read more...