Flu is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The 2017-2018 flu season – which we’re currently in the middle of - is shaping up to be an especially dangerous one. You have the power to protect yourself and your family this season with these three actions to fight flu.

Get a flu shot. 

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot. A yearly flu shot is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. Haven't had your flu shot yet? It's not too late. Simply schedule a visit with your Primary Care Physician, or use the Community Health Choice Provider Directory to find a doctor in your area.

Take everyday actions to stop
the spread of germs.
 

Try to avoid close contact with sick people, and if you become sick, limit your contact with others. When possible, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them

If you get the flu, prescription medicine called antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications. 

Studies show these drugs work best when started within two days of getting sick, so schedule a visit with your Primary Care Physician as soon as possible. If you don’t currently have a Primary Care Physician, now is a great time to get one; use the Community Health Choice Provider Directory to find a doctor in your area.

We also offer our Community Marketplace Members Teladoc, which lets you speak to a board-certified doctor, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, using your phone, computer or mobile app—free of charge.

For our Community Limited Network Marketplace Members, Kelsey Seybold’s Nurse Hotline is available 24/7 at 713.442.0000. 

Non-Marketplace Members (Medicaid, CHIP and CHIP Perinatal) are encouraged to call our 24/7 Nurse Hotline. Our registered nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to answer your health-related questions at no cost. The 24/7 Nurse Hotline may be reached toll-free at 1.888.332.2730. 

For more flu prevention tips, see the Center for Disease Control’s guide The Flu: What to Do if You Get Sick.