The Flu Season is reaching its peak with over 14,000 new infections per week.
Imperfect as it is, the flu vaccine is still the best weapon to blunt a virus that can land you in the hospital. And even though it takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to become fully effective, you still have time to get it.
Even though it doesn’t prevent the illness, it will prevent more severe outcomes, like hospitalization and death, reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. “Run, do not walk, to get your flu shot.”
The vaccine can also cut the chances that you’ll spread the flu to more vulnerable people, like infants and the elderly.
Flu seasons usually last for about 12 weeks, experts estimate. But that can vary a lot, depending on where a person lives and how many strains are circulating.
What are some ways to protect yourself? Avoid close contact with sick people. Stay at home when you are sick. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Washing your hands will help protect you from catching germs. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Drink fluids even when you feel well. Wash surfaces that are shared with others such as keyboards, telephones, exercise equipment, TV remotes. Exercise regularly.
For additional Flu Prevention Tips visit: www.cdc.gov/flu
Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna