Cold and Flu
Take your best shot: Get the flu vaccine. Your best defense is to get a flu shot.
Even though flu season is not in full swing, you can still help protect yourself from the flu if you get the vaccine as soon as it is available.
Who Needs It?
- Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine. It’s really important that people at high risk get the vaccine. Those at high risk include:
- Kids younger than 5 years old
- Adults 65 and older
- Pregnant women
- People who have chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease
- Anyone who lives with or is in close contact with someone on that list should also make getting the vaccine a priority
It takes several weeks for the flu vaccine to take effect. And since flu season can continue until May, the sooner you get your shot, the better.
What Else Can You Do?
- Even if you’ve had your flu shot, you should take these steps to avoid the flu virus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Stay away from sick people.
It’s important not to spread germs to others and know how the flu spreads. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue away. If you get sick with a flu-like illness, stay home until your fever has been gone for 24 hours without taking a fever-reducing medicine.
Hand Washing Tips: wash hands for at least 20 seconds with warm soapy water
Using Hand Sanitizer: Hand sanitizer should have an alcohol content of 60% or more