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Flu Season Is approaching
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Simple things you can do to beat the flu
You’re not about to let colds and flu season get the best of you. These extra steps will help you beat the bug this flu season.
Get a flu shot now
The best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. This is especially important if you live with or care for someone who’s likely to get the flu or get complications from it. This includes young children or those 65 or older or with certain medical conditions. Everyone at least 6 months old should have a flu shot. Flu season starts in October so get your yearly flu shot as soon as you can.1
Wash your hands often
Hand-washing is the easiest way to keep germs from spreading. Think about how many things you touch each day. Wash your hands before, during and after you prepare food, before you eat, after you use the restroom or blow your nose, cough or sneeze.2 When you wash: 2
- Wet hands with warm water.
- Then lather up with soap. Get the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
- Scrub for at least 20 seconds -- the amount of time it takes to hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
- Rinse hands under running water and dry them using a disposable paper towel. Germs can live for hours on a cloth towel.
Take care of your overall health
To stay healthy, you need to eat right, be physically active, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep. Your body’s immune system does its best work while you sleep.3
To avoid the flu, your best shot is to get the flu shot early.
3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs (accessed August 2014): cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm.