Sack the Flu for the Super Bowl

By Adrianna Bradley

Super Bowl LII is right around the corner and while there will be lots of cheering and sharing of food during the game, DHEC wants you to sack the flu at your Super Bowl party.

DHEC’s most recent flu surveillance report shows as of January 31, 84 people in South Carolina have died from the illness. Flu activity in the Palmetto State is continuing to increase. It is unknown when the flu season will peak.

Don’t let the flu defeat you. Here are some tips to help you build a stronger defensive lineup against the virus during your Super Bowl festivities.

  • If you’re sick or someone in your home is sick, bench yourself and stay at home.
  • If you’re planning to host a party and get sick with the flu, forfeit the party and visit a healthcare provider.
  • Don’t get a penalty flag for spreading your germs. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Show good sportsmanship and avoid sharing germs. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands patriotically, even if you hate Tom Brady. Don’t hesitate to call frequent timeouts for handwashing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid illegal touching by using the appropriate utensils to fix your servings. Use a spoon or tongs if there’s a super bowl of chips or nuts. Don’t double dip or plunge your hand into bowls.
  • Run interference for yourself and others by cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  • If your team makes a touchdown or big play, avoid holding or high fives and kisses with your friends. Try dancing or an elbow bump to celebrate.

Let’s not forget the best protection against the flu is the flu shot. To learn more about how to protect yourself, family, and friends against the flu, please visit scdhec.gov/flu.

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