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Published on October 05, 2015

Stop the Flu Before it Gets You

Fall is here ... and that means flu season is right around the corner. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy:

  • Get a flu shot.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose; consider also using alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not available cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands, to help stop the spread of viruses.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • If you feel sick, stay home. If you develop a fever and respiratory symptoms (such as stuffy nose, cough, etc.), stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.

Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about this year’s flu vaccine and schedule an appointment for your flu shot today.

Who Should Get a Flu Shot?

According to the CDC, all individuals ages 6 months and older should get a flu shot. It’s especially important that the following groups of people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children younger than 5 years, but especially children aged 2 years or younger
  • Anyone 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with chronic medical conditions, including persons who are morbidly obese (BMI>40)
  • Individuals who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • Those who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu

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Stop the Flu Before It Gets You