written by Alexandra Wade

The CDC announced Dec. 4 that this season’s flu vaccine does not seem to be as effective as it had hoped, due to variant drift in strains of the virus. People are still encouraged to get a flu vaccine, as vaccinated people may have a milder form of the illness, even if they do still get sick. Those at high risk of the flu—children younger than 5 (especially those younger than 2), adults 65 or older, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic diseases—are especially encouraged to get vaccinated if they have not already.

To help motivate the WDMCS community to stay healthy during this potentially-severe flu season, Community Education wanted to share some tips on staying healthy and stopping the spread of germs. To fight the flu, the CDC recommends three steps:

1. Take time to get a flu vaccine.
2. Take everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of germs.
3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

The CDC also recommends some good habits to follow to prevent the spread of the flu.

1. Avoid close contact.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
4. Clean your hands.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.

Many of these good habits can also prevent and protect people from the common cold. Hopefully, these easy-to-follow tips will motivate you to stay healthy this season!

With all this hand-washing going on, it could also be a big season for paper towel use. As a bonus, here’s a video from Joe Smith, lawyer and “powerful advocate for proper paper towel use,” teaching viewers how to cut down on the number of paper towels they use and still end up with completely dry hands.