What YOU can do to prevent the flu!
Flu season is in full force this year, with 41 states currently reporting widespread geographic flu activity. Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses that spreads easily between people and can cause mild to severe illness. Here are simple steps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends to help prevent yourself and others from getting the flu this year:
1. VACCINATION is the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu. Everyone over the age of 6 months should get vaccinated, and it’s not too late! Wondering where you can get vaccinated? Click here for nearby locations and information. Be sure to phone first to ensure vaccines are in stock.
2. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
4. Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick.
5. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of tissues immediately.
6. Stay home when you are sick. If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
7. Practice other good health habits to keep your immune system at it’s best. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat a healthy diet.
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