The main way to keep from getting flu is to get a yearly flu vaccine. You can get the vaccine at your doctor’s office or a local clinic, and in many communities at workplaces, supermarkets, and drugstores. You must get the vaccine every year because it changes.
You are 50 years of age or older
You have chronic diseases of your heart, lungs, or kidneys
You have diabetes
Your immune system does not function properly
You have a severe form of anemia
You will be over 3 months pregnant during flu season
You live in a nursing home or chronic-care housing facility
You are in contact with children 0 to 23 months of age
Additionally, you should be aware that viruses for producing the vaccine are grown in chicken eggs and then killed with a chemical so they can no longer cause an infection. The flu vaccine may contain some egg protein, which can cause an allergic reaction. If you or a family member is allergic to eggs or have ever had a serious allergic reaction to the flu vaccine, consult with your healthcare provider before getting vaccinated.
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Germs are often spread by touching something that is contaminated with germs, and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Tips To Avoid Flu Germs
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- When you are sick, keep your distance from others
- If possible, stay home from work, school, when you are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Washing your hands often
- Get plenty of sleep
- Be physically active
- Manage your stress
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Eat nutritious foods
Following these prevention tips will help protect you from the flu virus, and you will also help to prevent others from catching your illness.