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Three Actions To Fight The Flu

The flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death.  The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others:

  1. Take time to get a flu vaccine.
    • The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step to protect yourself from the flu.
    • While there are many difference flu viruses, a vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be the most common.
    • Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the current season’s vaccines are available.
    • Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
    • Vaccination is also important for health care workers and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading the flu to them.
  2. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
      • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
      • If you are sick with flu like symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours.
      • While sick, try to limit your contact with other people as much as possible.
      • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
      • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  This is how germs spread.
      • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that might be contaminated with germs like the flu
          3.   Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
      • If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can treat your illness.
      • The CDC said antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics.  They are prescription medication and are not available over the counter.
      • Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick.  It can also prevent serious flu complications.
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