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Protect yourself against the flu

Published on November 02, 2015

Protect yourself against the flu

George Morris, MD
Medical Director
CentraCare Clinic

Your best protection against the flu is to get the influenza vaccine every year.It’s flu season. Your best protection against the flu is to get the influenza vaccine every year. Find a location near you. Don’t like shots? Get the flu mist instead.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months old and older should get a flu vaccine. The vaccine is especially important for:

  • Young children
  • Adults ages 50 and older
  • People with chronic health problems or an impaired immune system
  • Pregnant women

In addition to vaccinations, other precautions to avoid catching influenza include:

  • Clean surfaces you touch frequently, such as doorknobs, water faucets, refrigerator handles and telephones.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Get plenty of rest, physical activity and eat healthy to help stay healthy.

If you get influenza

Stay home from school or work. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.

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