help Prevent the Flu
Nothing can protect you from the flu better thanThere
getting vaccinated each and every year. That
srecommended that every person 6 months and
older, with rare exception, get a flu vaccine each
season ---- especially people who are
at a high risk
for developing serious complications from flu.1
sa Fluzone Vaccine for You
In addition to getting the flu shot, there
are lots of ways to help protect yourself
and others from the flu. Explore the page
for flu prevention tips and facts.
Practice healthy habits year round.
Everyday Preventive Actions
No one wants to catch the flu. Here are some simple
ways to help prevent the spread of influenza whether you’re at school, work, out in your community,
or a hospital.
Stay at home
when you’re sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, errands, and activities when you are sick. This will help protect your already weak immune system and keep you from
passing on your illness to others.2
Keep your germs to yourself.
Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough is not only common
courtesy — it can help keep those around
you from getting sick. And whether you’re
sick or someone else is, keeping your
distance and avoiding close contact can
help protect you both.5,6
Hands. A Lot.
Throughout the day, we touch a
lot of things — from doorknobs
to railings to elevator buttons — which could be spreading germs. Washing your hands often will
help protect you from both catching the virus and spreading
it into the world around you.3-5
Take Your Medicine.
If you get the flu and your health
care provider prescribes medication
to treat it, make sure you take it!
Taking your medication as prescribed
can help give you relief from your flu
symptoms and could actually shorten
the time that you’re sick.2
Your Flu Forecast
The flu can hit unexpectedly, but keeping track
of flu activity during the year can help you take the
proper precautions and help you decide when to get
your flu vaccine.
Even though peak flu season is usually in the
winter, outbreaks can still happen earlier.
Vaccines are typically available at your pharmacy
or health care provider's office by October,
so don’t wait too long to help protect yourself!7
Winter time means flu time.5,6 See that you
get vaccinated as soon as vaccine becomes
available to help prevent the flu from
keeping you from enjoying your favorite
winter activities and celebrations.
The flu usually starts going away by March
or April, but keeping up with your spring
cleaning year round can help keep the
germs at bay.5,6
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