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Help Prevent the Spread of Flu This Fall and Winter: Get Your Flu Vaccine

Sep 10, 2020

Prevent the Spread of Flu-1266494637 600x400According to the CDC, it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Moreover, some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, making it hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Diagnostic testing can help determine if you are sick with the flu or COVID-19.

Here are three simple ways you can help protect yourself and your family from contracting the 2020–2021 seasonal flu while helping to reduce its spread.

  1. Get vaccinated. The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine, especially people at high risk. Most insurance plans cover the cost of a yearly flu shot. Check with your provider to see what your plan covers.

  2. Prevent the spread. Take actions every day to help stop the spread of germs. While getting a flu vaccine is the most important, other precautions include:

    • Avoiding close contact with sick people.

    • Staying home for at least 24 hours when you are sick with flu-like illness

    • Limiting contact with others as much as possible when you are sick.

    • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

    • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

    • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently used surfaces and objects, including door handles, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, and other high-contact areas.

    • Following public health mandates and guidelines should an outbreak of flu or another serious illness occur.

  3. Seek treatment. If you do contract the flu this season, see a doctor or get medical attention right away. Prescription medications called “antivirals” can be used to treat flu illness.

CDC Resources

Facts about the Flu

Benefits of Flu Vaccine

Preventing the Flu