Flu season is on the way, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting sick and spreading germs.
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get a yearly flu shot.
The CDC recommends flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, with rare exceptions, and especially for those at higher risk of serious complications from influenza, including young children, pregnant people, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease, and people 65 years and older.
- Also, take these everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of flu:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu.
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your provider prescribes them.
Now is the time to schedule your flu shot! Manet Patients can make an appointment by telephone or online using the Manet Patient Portal, or stop in to one of our upcoming Manet Flu Vaccine Clinics. Children under 5 should be seen by their provider.