InFLUenza Season is Here!
Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year. Flu season typically peaks in January or February. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.
If you have the flu, stay home, follow your doctor’s recommendations and prevent the spread of the flu. To learn more about flu symptoms and treatment, visit http://www.flu.gov/symptoms-treatment/treatment/index.html#
If you don’t have the flu, it’s not too late to get a flu shot! Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. There are additional steps you can take to keep yourself and your family healthy this flu season:
• Take everyday precautions, like washing your hands, to protect your health.
• If you are exposed to or caring for someone with the flu, talk to your doctor about preventive antiviral medications. You can also get more information at http://www.flu.gov/symptoms-treatment/caring-for-someone/index.html# and http://www.flu.gov/symptoms-treatment/treatment/index.html#
Use the Flu Vaccine Finder at http://flushot.healthmap.org/?address to find a vaccine location near you.
For more information and “to know what to do about the flu,” visit www.flu.gov.
Pictured: Joyce Thomas, ACF Regional Administrator got her annual seasonal flu vaccine in October 2012!