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Protect yourself against the flu

Published in General, For the Health of It Author: George Morris, MD

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.