The flu is a contagious illness caused by flu viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. EVERYONE is at risk for getting the flu! The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. The flu season can last into the spring, so getting your flu shot after October 1 gives you the best protection for the whole season.
Here are a few flu prevention tips:
• Ask for the quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against an additional strain of the flu compared to the trivalent.
• EVERYONE 6 months and older needs to be vaccinated—to protect themselves as well as their loved ones, coworkers and those around them! You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.
• The flu can cause serious health problems especially in children younger than age 2, adults 65 and older, and adults and children who already have health conditions.
• To prevent flu germs from spreading, wash your hands often with soap and water. If you can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
• Make your plan NOW to protect yourself and others! Talk to your health care provider for more information and guidance.