The flu virus typically spreads through contact with others who are infected. When flu germs enter the respiratory system through the nose and mouth, a person can become infected. Take steps to keep yourself safe this season.
- Step 1: Get the seasonal flu vaccination. The flu strain changes every season, which is why you should get the seasonal flu vaccination as soon as it becomes available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months and older receive the vaccination.
- Step 2: Wash your hands often. Regular hand washing can reduce your exposure to the germs that cause the flu. Wash with warm water and soap after using the bathroom, preparing meals, taking out the trash, changing diapers or other messy chores. Store an alcohol-based gel in your purse or travel bag to disinfect on the go.
- Step 3: Talk with your doctor about antiviral medications. If you’re caring for someone with the flu or think you’ve been exposed to the flu virus, your physician may prescribe an antiviral medication to decrease your likelihood of getting sick. These medications come in pill, liquid and inhaler form. They are typically used after flu is diagnosed to lessen severity.
Other ways to stay healthy this season include eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep—all important habits for keeping your immune system running well.