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.