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Protect yourself and your family against influenza

 

October 10, 2017

 

It’s that time of year. Flu season is here, so now is the time to protect yourself and your family against the flu.

 

Getting a flu shot is the best way to do that. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. But there other things you can do to stay healthy and free from illness.

 

Wash your hands: Every year, millions of patients become needlessly sickened by an infectious disease. Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly can go a long way in preventing illness. And strive to avoid hugs, kisses and hand-shaking with someone who is ill.

 

Stay home: If you become stricken, by all means stay home so that you will not spread the flu to others. The CDC recommends that you “stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.”

 

Be hands free: Keep your hands clean and washed, and avoid touching your face whenever possible. This particularly includes your eyes, nose and mouth because you’ll not only spread whatever germs you have, you’ll more easily infect yourself and others.

 

Eat healthy: One of the best ways to stay healthy is to eat healthy and keep physically active. Fruits, vegetables and plenty of water and exercise will help to fortify your immune system against illness.

 

Ready for that flu shot? Make an appointment with your health care provider or visit www.rivcoimm.org for a list of locations offering FREE flu vaccinations throughout Riverside County.

 

Stay healthy, Riverside County!

 

The County of Riverside Department of Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.