Protecting Yourself and Others from the Flu
We are experiencing the earliest flu season since 2003, according to US officials, and high levels of infection country-wide. It is especially important that vulnerable populations are protected from the virus. Those most vulnerable to infection include: seniors, infants, and people with chronic health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
These tips aren’t new or earth-shattering, but act as a helpful reminder for staying healthy during this widespread flu outbreak.
1. Get Vaccinated
If you haven’t already gotten the flu shot–please do so! Getting vaccinated helps protect vulnerable populations like infants and seniors from getting infected. Getting the flu vaccine is important for protecting you from getting sick as much as it is important for helping to protect those around you from getting sick.
2. Take Precaution
Just like you should anytime you are sick or around someone who is sick, it’s important to take extra precautions to keep yourself and others healthy. Wash your hands often, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, avoid touching your face, avoid contact with sick people and lastly, make sure to stay home if you are sick.
3. If Prescribed, Take the Flu Antiviral Drugs
If you do contract the flu, taking prescription antiviral drugs could help to make your symptoms milder, shorten the time you are sick, and help to prevent serious complications from the flu.