Published on February 6, 2019 by Sarah Waller  
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of the United States is experiencing widespread influenza, including Alabama. While this weekly report is not meant to cause panic, it is designed to keep us informed and motivate us to take prevention seriously.

In this video, Kim Davey, assistant professor in Samford University’s School of Public Health, shares helpful tips on how you can stop the spread of the flu.

Get Vaccinated

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season, and if you are asking yourself if it is too late to get you flu vaccine, watch Logan Chappell, a third-year , Doctor of Pharmacy student, explain more.

Wash Your Hands Frequently

An easy way to prevent the spread of germs is to wash your hands with soap and warm water as often as possible. For when you don’t have access to soap or water, keep some alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your pocket, backpack or desk.

Clean and Disinfect Surfaces or Objects

Cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs can help slow the spread of the flu. Be sure your disinfectant is design to kill the flu virus.

Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose or Mouth

Germs are often spread when a person touches a surface or object that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

Eat a Healthy Diet and Drink Lots of Water

While there is no vitamin or mineral that can prevent you from getting sick, a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables and plenty of water will help give your body a fighting chance. Watch Assistant Professor Mim Gaines and dietetic intern Caitlin McGinnis explain more.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.