Flu Season Ahead
With fall on the horizon and the winter months quickly approaching, bringing with them flu and respiratory virus season. Alongside a recent uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations, many people are asking what they can do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe and healthy.
Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
- Take everyday preventive actions that are recommended to reduce the spread of flu.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu.
- For flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Fever should be gone without the need to use a fever-reducing medicine. Note that the stay-at-home guidance for COVID-19 may be different. Learn about some of the similarities and differences between flu and COVID-19.
This fall, protect yourself and your loved ones from the #flu, #COVID19, and #RSV by keeping up-to-date on your #vaccinations. Learn more about the vaccines available this fall and who is eligible for each. Influenza (Flu) | CDC