Fight the Flu

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It’s official – the flu is now widespread in Connecticut. As of January 4, there have been 683 reported cases of the flu in the state (with 239 cases in Fairfield County alone), two flu-related deaths and 142 people hospitalized with the flu.

Thousands of people die every year from the flu in the United States, and many more get seriously ill from the disease. To protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu, it’s important to get vaccinated and to follow good health hygiene.

It’s Not Too Late – Get Vaccinated!

The single best way to prevent the flu is through vaccination, and it’s not too late to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get vaccinated as long as flu viruses are circulating. The flu season peaks in the United States between October and March, so the flu season is far from over. After vaccination, it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in your body that protect you from the flu, so schedule a flu vaccination today!

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. The flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season.

Prevent the Flu

Flu Shot 164553360Here are some other simple ways you can avoid getting sick this flu season:

  • Stay away from people who are sick. If you are sick, stay away from others to protect them from getting sick.
  • When you’re sick, stay home from work and school, and don’t run errands if you don’t have to to prevent exposing others to the flu.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose to avoid spreading germs.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If you are not able to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces at home or work, such as faucets and door handles.

Click here to listen as Dr. Julie Varughese discusses flu prevention on Star 99.9