Getting a flu shot is incredibly important, especially during this time of year. But, in addition to vaccinating yourself and your children, there are a few precautionary steps you can take to help protect yourself from contracting the flu this season. Before we begin, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot every year – by the end of October for optimal results. It takes about 2 weeks for the vaccine to fully activate so try and plan accordingly. In other words, if you’re reading this now and you haven’t yet received your vaccination, head to your local American Family Care today! Once you’re vaccinated, follow these guidelines for additional protection.

01 Wash your Hands

When sickness starts to circulate around the office, school, the gym, it’s a crucial step in warding off germs and could save you a trip to the doctor. For more on handwashing, click here.

02 Make Sleep a Priority

A rested body is more likely to successfully fight off sickness than an exhausted body. Plan to make sleep an important priority, especially during flu season. Need a few tips to make the most of your night’s sleep? Click here.

03 Keep Your Distance

If you’ve already contracted something, plan to stay home and away from others to rest and get well. If folks at the office are under the weather and still show up to work, plan to keep away from them and spray door knobs and community spaces and surfaces with a good germ-fighting spray, in hopes of avoiding what they’re fighting.

04  Check with Work and School

Check in to see if the places you spend most of your time are equipped with the necessary protocols and cleaning materials if there’s a flu outbreak. A lot of times workplaces will offer onsite vaccinations, so be sure to check in with HR

05 Keep Your Hands to Yourself

Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes. This is one of the main ways germs spread. In addition, if you find yourself using a tissue, throw the tissue away immediately, so you aren’t contaminating surfaces.

By following these tips and sticking to a healthy diet and getting proper exercise, you’ll be fighting off any chances of picking up the flu this season. If you have any questions regarding treatment, talk to your doctor.

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