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How to Protect Yourself from the Flu

The flu is here and experts are predicting that this flu season will be particularly nasty. With many people in the Eastern Tennessee area already affected, it’s important to follow some guidelines to keep yourself and those around you healthy and safe. Find the 3 steps for flu prevention that are recommended by the CDC below.

Flu Season is Here – 3 Steps for Flu Prevention

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that everyone follow the three guidelines listed below for the highest chances of flu prevention.

  • STEP 1 – Get the Flu Shot

    • Someone washing their hands in the kitchen sinkThe best time to get the flu shot is in the fall, but if you haven’t gotten one yet it’s not too late. The flu shot can’t guarantee that you won’t get the flu, but it will make you less susceptible and could make some of the symptoms less severe if you do contract the virus.
  • STEP 2 – Stop the Spread of Germs

    • The flu virus is very contagious and is spread quickly. To prevent the spread of germs as much as possible, make sure to wash your hands often, disinfect surfaces that may have come in contact with a sick person (like door handles and shared phones), and limit contact with people who are actively sick or showing signs of flu symptoms like a runny nose or fever.
  • STEP 3 – Take Action When Sick

    • People who have the flu should be proactive in not spreading it to others. If you do fall ill, make sure to stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks. It is also recommended that you call your doctor who may be able to prescribe medications that could lessen your symptoms.

For most people who contract the flu, a few days of rest and fluids will be enough. However, if you are in a high-risk group or start to have severe symptoms, it is important to get help from a medical professional right away.