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Published on January 06, 2015

6 Ways to Prevent the Flu

The flu is in the news and this flu season may be more severe than others. Unfortunately, flu vaccinations are expected to be less effective this year because the H3N2 strain of influenza has “drifted,” or changed.

Vaccination is Still Recommended

People who have not been vaccinated yet are still being strongly encouraged to get a flu shot because it could offer partial protection against the mutated H3N2 virus and good protection from other strains that might become predominant later this year.

“Flu season usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as late as May. Early immunization is the most effective, but it is definitely not too late to get the vaccine and everyone needs to know you cannot get sick from a flu shot,” says Dr. Margaret Hennessy, Chairperson for the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Immunization Task Force.

6 Tips for Flu Prevention

  1. Get a flu shot.
  2. Wash your hands with soap and water often and always before eating.
  3. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.
  4. Avoid getting close to people who are sick.
  5. Wash surfaces with a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water if someone in your family has the flu.
  6. Raise the humidity in your workplace and home to keep nasal and mouth passages moist.

Learn More

For more information about the flu, check out these resources and articles:

 

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6 Ways to Prevent the Flu