Protect Yourself from the Flu this Season

Happy New Year!  If you’re like one of the many who have pledged to be healthier this year, start by doing the simple things, like getting your yearly flu shot! He is what our expert, Dr. Daniel Roth has to say about getting your flu shot, and other tips to keep you healthy this flu season:

You may have seen in the news FluShotrecently that this flu season could be a bad one. If you haven’t already gotten your flu shot, we recommend you get one from your doctor or pharmacy as soon as possible. Flu season is just beginning, so it’s definitely not too late.

The dominant version of the virus this year is H3N2, which tends to lead to tougher flu seasons. Unfortunately, the vaccine in the flu shot this year doesn’t provide immunity in the prevention of H3N2, but it will help with protection and reduction of severity. It will also prevent other strains of the flu that are also circulating.

In addition to getting the flu shot, you can take proactive precautions to help protect yourself from catching the flu this season. Here are some everyday tips to help keep yourself and others healthy:

  • Wash your hands regularly—after touching your face, after using the bathroom, and before eating.
  • Sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, not your hand. When you sneeze into your hand, you’re leaving those germs on everything you touch.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick.
  • If you do get sick, stay home. We know this can be tough, but if you go to work or school when you’re sick, you’re more likely to spread the virus.
  • Eat a healthy diet, drink water, and get plenty of sleep. These actions help to keep your immune system healthy, which will help you to better prevent the flu, or fight it off if you do get sick.

If you’d like to know more about the flu and the flu shot, check out the CDC’s Key Facts about Influenza (flu) and Flu Vaccine.

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