How to Protect Yourself From the Flu This Fall
The influenza virus is a very contagious and serious disease that can lead patients to become hospitalized and at times, can lead to death. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important now than ever to do everything you possibly can to reduce your risks of contracting the flu or any other virus and to help stop the spread.
Use theseCDC-recommended tips to help keep your family safe this upcoming flu season.
Get Your Seasonal Flu Shot Early
Getting a flu vaccine during the 2020-2021 flu season is more important than ever. The CDC recommends that your first defense against the influenza virus is receiving your annual vaccine as early as possible.
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older should receive a flu shot once a year. Flu shots are especially important for young children, pregnant women, and adults age 65 and older.
The earlier you get your vaccination before flu season starts, the better. Of course, if you’ve put it off for several weeks or months, you can still benefit from having it even if it’s already February. Stop by Urgentology Care for fast and convenient flu shot appointments.
Take Everyday Actions to Stop the Spread
There are a number of ways you can keep your family safe and stop the spread of the flu or any other virus, including:
- Washing your hands
- Covering your sneezes and coughs
- Cleaning common surfaces frequently
- Avoiding touching your face
Use Anti-Viral Medications
If you do contract the flu, anti-viral medications can be used to control your condition by making your symptoms milder. However, it is important to note that these medications are not designed to treat or prevent COVID-19.
Maintain Physical Distance
Your risk for catching the flu increases in crowded cities or communities, and this increases the risk of spreading the disease to the people closest to you.
When possible, it's best to keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others when out in public. Also, follow your county's guidelines on mask-wearing procedures and travel alerts.