Good Flu Health Habits

If you are unable to get your flu shot this year and are in a high risk category (over 50 or have a chronic illness), ask your health care provider about medications which may protect against the flu at the height of the season. Below are suggestions from the American Lung Association:
 

  • Wash your hands often. The most common way to catch the flu is to touch your own eyes, nose or mouth with germy hands. So keep your hands clean, and away from your face.
     
  • Keep your distance when you are sick or if you are around someone else who is sick.
     
  • Keep it to yourself. One gift you can give others is to help prevent other people from catching your flu. We highly recommend that you stay home from work, school and public places when you are sick. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
     

Remember, getting the shot is the best way to protect yourself. The shot only takes about two weeks to take effect so it can be effective even if the season has started in your area, and as late in the year as March.

Download the Good Flu Health Habits Poster, also available in Spanish!