When it comes to the flu, prevention includes taking specific personal precautions and getting vaccinated when possible.
All flu is highly contagious and spreads easily by contact with the respiratory (oral and nasal) secretions of others who have been infected. Unfortunately, a person could be contagious and spreading the virus without even knowing it because symptoms may not appear in a person until 1 or 2 days after being infected...and infectious.
It is safest to assume that flu viruses are already circulating in your living and learning environments. When it comes to protecting yourself against the flu, your health is in your own hands, so take action.
In this section you will learn the many steps you can take protect your health and reduce your chances of getting the flu and sharing the virus with others. You can also think about the ways in which you can prepare and protect your family and community.