Flu season had an early and significant start in many parts of the country. Individuals who received their flu shot early took the first and best preventive measure for fighting against the flu. There are still things you can do to protect yourself.
- If you don’t have the flu, get a flu shot now; it takes two weeks to develop an immune response against the flu. Vaccinations are still available.
- Wash hands vigorously for 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Stay home if you are sick to prevent spreading germs to others.
- Know common flu symptoms to identify if you or loved ones need to seek medical attention.
Who should get a flu shot? All individuals six months of age and older are recommended to get a flu vaccine and is especially recommended for:
- People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease
- Pregnant women
- People 65 years and older
- People who live with or care for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications
Vaccination remains the best tool to protect against the flu. However, in addition to getting the vaccine, it is important to wash your hands frequently, shield your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow, and if you are sick, stay home and remain home until you have been without a fever for 24 hours.