It’s still the flu season, and this year’s outbreak is especially widespread. Know the signs… and how to help avoid the flu in the first place.
The best preventive measure you can take is to get the flu vaccine. It’s not too late! Flu season is from October until May.
The vaccine is especially important for young children, people ages 65+, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions. Check with your health provider.
Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol when you’re away from soap and water.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Block it with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
To help keep germs from spreading, keep your hands away from your nose, eyes and mouth.
Avoid close contact with others when possible.
If you do get the flu, (symptoms include body aches, fever, runny or stuff nose, cough, fatigue and sore throat), expect symptoms to last about a week. Stay home from school or work (if possible) until you are fever-free for 24 hours without taking any fever-reducing medicine. Protect yourself and others!