Protect Yourself and Others

get your flu shot

Take the following steps to protect yourself and your family:

The nasal spray vaccine is available during the 2018-19 influenza season but may be harder to find because it was approved for use after most providers had placed their 2018 flu vaccine orders. The best place to receive a flu vaccine is at your doctor’s office, but there are also lots of other options, like clinics or sites on this flu locator website.

Here is a summary of the 2018-19 influenza recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Raise your arm and sneeze into your sleeve, or elbow.
  • Use disposable tissues and throw them into the garbage right away
  • Do not share personal items that go in the mouth like toothbrushes or drinks.
  • Clean frequently-touched items and surfaces with soap and water.
  • Try to keep a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • Eat a healthy diet, get enough rest, and make exercise a regular part of your life.
  • Get enough sleep every night
  • Reduce your stress

hand washing woman sneezing into arm boy in blanket wipes nose

What should I do to protect others if I am sick?

  • Stay home and stay away from others until 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • Do not have visitors
  • Try to avoid contact with other people living with you.
  • If possible choose a room in your home to stay in that is away from others in your household.
  • Choose one person in the household as your caregiver. Your caregiver should not be pregnant, over 64 years old, or have medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease, or weak immune system.
  • Consider wearing a face mask when around others to reduce the chance of spreading the flu to them.

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