Prevent the Flu
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Influenza or "the flu" is an illness that affects our entire body, including the lungs. As many as 1 in 5 Americans get the flu each year. A virus that spreads from person to person causes flu. The illness can be mild, like a bad cold, or it can be very serious. In fact, people can die from the flu.
You get the flu from other people. The flu virus spreads through coughing or sneezing. It is also spread when a person touches something that a sick person has touched, then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.
Help Prevent the Flu
- Get a flu vaccine each year. This is the single best way to protect against the flu.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Wash them for as long as it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song twice.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stay home if you are sick until you have been fever-free without taking fever reducing medicine for 24 hours.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Eat a healthy diet, exercise and get plenty of rest.
Which Flu Vaccine is Right for me?
The flu vaccine is available by shot or nasal spray. You may be able to choose the shot or the spray, but this depends on your age and how healthy you are. Talk to your health care provider to find out which one you can receive.
Visit this CDC website to learn more about the flu shot and the flu vaccine nasal spray.