Getting an annual flu shot has been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
Flu vaccinations are also available through private health providers and at retail locations throughout the community.
Although the vaccination clinic is free, appointments are required.
The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. In addition, good health habits can often help stop the spread of germs and prevent illnesses like the flu. Good health habits include:
- Always cover cough or sneeze with a tissue—then throw the tissue away or cough or sneeze into the inside of the elbow.
- Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing and before eating. Alcohol hand sanitizer (minimum 60 percent alcohol) will help if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth. These are places germs can enter the body easily.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick.
- Monitor yourself and family members for symptoms of fever which include chills, headache, sore throat, cough, body aches and vomiting or diarrhea.
- If you are sick, stay home from work, school or other public places until you are feeling well.