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Preventing Seasonal Flu

January 02, 2019

There is still time to be vaccinated against the flu and protect your friends, family and community from illness. Flu strains change from year to year and the best protection from seasonal flu is getting a yearly vaccine. The annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

Receiving your flu vaccination if you are healthy helps to prevent illness in our most vulnerable populations. People at higher risk for flu-related complications include children ages newborn to 5, adults over the age of 65, pregnant women and people who have existing medical conditions such as asthma.

It is equally important to practice good hygiene and proper handwashing techniques. Make it a habit to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces in your home, school, or office. You can take additional steps to ward off flu by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, frequently washing your hands and avoiding touching your face.

You can put the flu vaccine between you and the disease by receiving your vaccination today. Learn more about where you can get your flu shot this year by visiting our flu shot locator page.


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