Flu Season is Near

Flu Season is Near

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a three-step approach to fight the flu:

1. Get Vaccinated

  • A flu vaccine is the first and most important step in helping to protect against flu and its potentially serious complications.
  • Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable, like babies and young children, older adults, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
  • Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year.

2. Practice Prevention

  • 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. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

3. Treatment

  • Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines that can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick.
  • CDC recommends prompt treatment for people who have influenza infection or suspected influenza infection and who are at high risk of serious flu complications.

Visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/flu to learn more about the flu.

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