Take steps to stay healthy this flu season.
October through May is flu season. Wondering what you should do? Here’s how to stay healthy:
Get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that the best way to protect against the flu is to get an annual flu vaccine. They recommend that in general, everyone 6 months of age or older get a flu vaccine. (There are a few instances when someone of this age would not’t be advised to get a flu vaccine; talk with your doctor to decide what’s best for you.) All healthy adults who are 6 months of age or older should get the flu shot. The flu vaccine is also available as a nasal mist, which is safe and approved for children age 2 or older and non-pregnant adults up to age 49 .
Remember the importance of good hygiene. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services advises people to clean their hands using soap and water or alcohol-based antibacterial hand sanitizer often, and to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.
Steer clear of those who are already sick. To the degree that it’s practical, avoid contact with people who have the flu. Also help educate others about the importance of getting a flu vaccine in order to help limit the spread of the virus.