Along with winter comes flu season. Since we do not know what this year's flu season will be like, we need to be prepared. It is time to get your annual flu shot, if you have not already done so! Influenza is a serious disease that can affect anyone at any age, but some people are more vulnerable to this disease than others. Taking steps to prevent flu can help you and those around you from getting sick. Here are some important preventative reminders regarding the spread of flu:
1. Get your annual flu shot before the flu viruses are circulating near you. It typically takes about 2 weeks for your body's immune system to build up resistance to the flu viruses in the vaccine.
2. Remember to wash your hands frequently. If you do not have access to soap & water, use hand sanitizer to kill germs.
3. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue to prevent the spread of germs. Throw the dirty tissue in a waste receptacle. If you do not have a tissue available, use the bend of your arm to catch the droplets so others do not breathe in the germs.
4. Stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.
5. If you do get flu, contact your health care provider to discuss the need for antiviral medications that can limit the duration and severity of the disease.
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