Right now, the most important actions people in our community can take to prevent illness are simple and effective. The Minnesota Department of Health indicates that following these basic good health practices is the most
effective way to protect yourself and your family:
- Consider getting a seasonal flu shot. It's not too late.
- Make sure to cover coughs and sneezes.
- Encourage frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Model frequent handwashing in your home and workplace.
- Keep children home from school until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
- Stay home from work if you are sick.
- If you plan to go to the doctor with flu-like symptoms, please call ahead so the clinic can be prepared for your arrival.
Additionally, you may take this opportunity to review your family's emergency plans. Think about backup plans for child care if school is temporarily closed or if parents, children, or a child care provider is sick. Think
about necessary items to have at home, including prescription medication (check your refill dates), and non-prescription medications, such as fever-reducing medications.