The Pennsylvania Department of Health is encouraging all to take precautions against the flu and other communicable diseases with simple prevention measures and vaccination, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
They recommend that you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water often, and avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth, Cox said.
Although the flu vaccine can be administered without a prescription at many pharmacies, a consultation with a family physician is recommended before it, Cox said. The flu vaccine is available by shot or nasal spray. To find where one can be obtained, click here.
If you do get sick, prevent the spread of germs by staying home from school or the workplace, if possible, Cox said. Return to work only after being fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducers.
For more tips on avoiding the flu, click here.