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Influenza and flu shots

  • Protect yourself and your family from the flu

    The best way to prevent flu is to get vaccinated.

    Everyone six months of age and older should receive the flu vaccine. It's especially important if you live with people who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications.

    How to help prevent the spread of influenza

    In addition to getting the seasonal flu shot each year, you can take these steps to help prevent the spread of the flu.

    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue available, cough into your sleeve instead of your hand.
    • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick. If you get the flu, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use a waterless alcohol hand rub.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Practice other good health habits:
      • Eat well-balanced meals.
      • Exercise.
      • Manage your stress.
      • Drink plenty of fluids.
      • Get plenty of rest.

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