Not every region in the United Sates is having a bad flu season, but New York, Boston and several other areas in the North East are having their worst year in a long time. If you haven’t done so already, consider getting a flu shoot as quickly as possible. You can find a handy online “vaccine finder” on www.flu.gov. This website has multiple flu resources including information on caring for seniors and children and infants.
Here are some tips to help lower your chances of getting the flu or passing it on:
- Get Vaccinated! There are very few people with a medical reason not to get vaccinated. Click here to see if you are one of the very few people who shouldn’t be vaccinated.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine
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