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Get Ready For Flu Season

a nurse giving a flu shot

There is no cure for the flu, so it is important that you take steps to avoid getting the flu. Prepare to fight the flu by taking preventive action and getting vaccinated. You can get your flu shot at your doctor’s office or at a local pharmacy.

Get Vaccinated

One flu shot will protect you from the most common flu viruses of that year. It is especially important for:

  • Anyone with a chronic health condition like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease
  • People over 65 years old
  • Young children
  • Pregnant women

Take Preventive Action

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth too much
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze or shake hands
  • Drink plenty of water  
  • Avoid close contact with sick people

Know the Symptoms of the Flu

Unlike a cold that comes on gradually, the flu begins suddenly with a headache, chills, and a cough. It is immediately followed by fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches and tiredness. You can also have a runny nose and a sore throat. Most people recover from the flu within 7-10 days, although tiredness can last longer. 

If you come down with flu-like symptoms, ask your nurse or doctor whether you should take medication for your symptoms. Stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (except to get good medical care).