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Stay flu-free: Essential vaccination guidelines and care tips

| Wellness | Healthy You

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Flu season isn’t over until it’s over.

Even when spring is around the corner, the flu can still make people feel miserable. Here are a few things to keep in mind to protect yourself and your family.  

Flu Facts

  • The flu season in the U.S. usually lasts from December through early March. The number of cases often spikes in February. Learn more from the CDC flu season site.
  • The flu vaccine can help prevent you from getting the flu and lessen your symptoms if you do get it. 
  • The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot.
  • It’s especially important for people at high risk of serious complications:
    • Young children
    • Those who are pregnant
    • Those who are 65 years and older
    • People with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart or lung disease

Protect yourself

  • Boost your immune system by eating well, exercising, getting good sleep and managing stress.
  • Get vaccinated against the flu at
    • Your PCP office  
    • A local pharmacy
  • Wear a mask when you’re in crowded places.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • If you don’t feel well:  
    • Stay home. Read tips on care at home.
    • Sleep or rest your body.
    • Drink lots of fluids (water, juice and broth).  
    • Treat symptoms, as recommended by your provider.