The single best way to prevent against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.
Other preventative measure include:
- Avoiding contact with sick people
- Washing hands often
- Disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated
- Trying not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth
Keep Others Safe
If you do get sick, there are a few ways to ensure your family and friends are able to stay healthy:
- Stay home while ill and for at least 24 hours after your symptoms dissipate
- Limit contact with others as much as possible
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
Know the Facts
WHO should get the vaccine?
Everyone! All people older than 6 months should be vaccinated. However, people with a high risk of developing complications are at the highest risk for serious illness.
WHAT kinds of vaccines are available?
Though there are several varieties, most vaccines are available in shot and nasal spray form. The nasal spray may cause some flu-like symptoms, but these will subside within 1-2 days of the vaccination.
WHEN is flu season?
Influenza outbreaks often begin as early as October and end as late as May, but they generally peak during January or February. The vaccine will be available starting in late summer and continuing through the fall.
WHERE can I get vaccinated?
The vaccine will be administered at your local pharmacies, doctors’ offices, and supermarkets, and it is often covered by insurance. Check out the Flu Health Map to find a spot close to you!
WHY should I get vaccinated?
The single best way to stay healthy in flu season is to get vaccinated as early as possible!
Consider the Risks
The risk of a flu shot causing any serious harm is very small, as the most likely side effects are soreness at the site of the shot and a low-grade fever for 1-2 days. But the dangers of the influenza virus are far greater: although the severity and length of the flu viruses vary from year to year, the Center for Disease Control estimates that flu-related deaths can range from 3,000 to 49,000 annually.