Good health habits can help keep you from getting sick and spreading germs that may make others sick.
What your mom told you is true! Hand washing is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from illness. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Using alcohol based hand sanitizer also works.
It's also a good idea to sanitize frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs and handrails.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. These areas are places germs can easily enter the body.
Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
Practice good health habits.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat a balanced diet.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Consider not going to class and having a friend bring you food from the dining hall. Simply fill out the Under the Weather Form.
Get a flu shot each year.
The single best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get vaccinated each year.
All information is from the CDC.