How You Can Fight the Flu

January 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are three steps you can take to try to protect yourself and others from getting influenza (the flu):

  1. Get the Flu Vaccine — The CDC recommends a flu vaccine every year (protects against the three most common flu viruses).  Individuals who are six months of age and older are able to get a flu vaccine.  People at high risk for getting the flu include: young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health problems (asthma, diabetes, heart and lung disease) and people 65 years and older.  Health care workers who work with individuals at high risk should get the flu vaccine to prevent spreading the flu to others.
  2. Take Action to Prevent the Spread of Germs — Cover your cough or sneeze!  Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or use a tissue and throw into the trash after you are done.  Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (use alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water not available). Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. Take Antiviral Drugs as Prescribed by Your Doctor — Antiviral drugs are not antibiotics, but drugs that can make the illness milder and shorten the duration of illness.  Antiviral drugs usually work best for treatment when given within 2 days of the individual getting sick.

For more information on what to do if you get the flu, visit the CDC website.

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