-Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
-Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
-Emphasize to children that they should wash with soap and water long enough to finish singing the alphabet song. Also, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and instruct children to do the same.
-Boost natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C.
-Don't allow sharing or trading of costume masks.
-Try to avoid close contact with sick people.About the Vaccine:
-People 6 months to 24 years old should be first in line for a vaccine. Also a priority: pregnant women, healthcare and emergency service workers, people who live with or care for children under 6 months old and people with chronic health disorders. Flu.gov
has an interactive national map to find a flu shot near you.
-Children 10 years and older and adults will need 1 dose.
-Children younger than 10 years of age will need 2 doses, at least 1 month apart.
-Infants younger than 6 months of age are too young to get the 2009 H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines.
-Immunity doesn't happen immediately; it takes a week or two after the last shot for the vaccine to take full effect.