Avoid the Flu this season

Avoid the Flu this season

August 25, 2016

According to the CDC, up to 20% of Americans get the flu each year. More than 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized and up to 49,000 deaths are flu-related. These statistics would decrease if more people took advantage of the opportunity to prevent flu with a flu shot.

Because the peak flu season may begin as early as October and run through May, the best time to get a flu shot is in September or October. Be sure to put a reminder on your calendar.

Tips for flu prevention:
– The single best way to prevent seasonal influenza is to get vaccinated.
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick, or with others if you are sick.
– Stay home when you are sick.
– Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
– Clean your hands frequently.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
– Practice other good health habits, such as getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious foods.