It is flu season, and as the seasons change it’s important to know what you can do to protect yourself, and the people around you. Flu is a potentially serious, contagious disease. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu can lead to hospitalization and even death. CDC recommends three easy steps you can take to fight the flu:
- Get a flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting a flu vaccine every year provides you the best protection against flu.
- Stop the spread of germs. Try to avoid close contact with sick people, and if you become sick, limit your contact with others. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often.
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If you get sick with flu, prescription flu antiviral drugs can be used to treat flu illness. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.
Learn more about how you can fight flu this season, and contact a Primary Health Care Clinic near you to get your vaccine as soon as possible.
Content from the CDC Influenza Resource Center