Protect Against the Flu - Be Responsible. Be Ready.
Each year more than 200,000 Americans end up in the hospital and 25,000 die from the flu.
To protect yourself, take these steps.
Step 1 - Get your seasonal Flu shot or FluMist each year. It protects you from the most common flu germs. Almost everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot or FluMist.
Step 2 - Stay healthy and don't spread germs. Stay home if you are sick. Help slow the spread of germs.
Stay away from sick people if you can. Don't get too close. Wash your hands often with warm water and soap. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer also works. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into the inside of your elbow. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, germs spread this way. Get plenty of sleep, manage stress, drink fluids, and eat healthy food.
Step 3 - Know where to go for more information. Keep your doctor's phone number near your phone.
Know where you can go after-hours and on weekends if you need care. Make a list of nearby urgent care centers.
For more information about the flu go to: www.flu.gov
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