Here’s how to protect yourself from the flu

Here’s how to protect yourself from the flu

Getting an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

Older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions are more vulnerable to serious flu complications. October marks the start of flu season, so it’s important to reduce your risk by taking the following preventative measures:


  • Get vaccinated to prevent the most common types of flu. Anyone over six months old should get the flu vaccine
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and warm water
  • Stay home for a minimum of 24 hours after your fever is gone
  • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer often
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects to avoid contamination


  • Rub your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid crowded and enclosed places
  • Avoid contact with those who are coughing and sneezing
  • If you have a fever, stay home to avoid spreading germs

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