The current flu season has been particularly intense. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity is widespread in most of the United States, and there are still weeks of flu activity to come. It can be overwhelming to read news about this flu season and wonder how you can take action to prevent this illness.
Fortunately, CDC has some great resources and tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu.
According to CDC, remember these three actions to fight flu this season:
Get yourself and your family a flu shot. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs. For example, try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Take antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness.
Flu can be a serious illness for even healthy people. But flu can be particularly difficult for certain groups, including young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart or lung disease. We encourage you to visit CDC’s website to learn more about these tips and to access more resources.
CDC flu fighters are working around the world and around the clock to study, track and prevent flu. We are grateful for the work CDC is doing to keep us healthy, safe and secure.