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  • Health Awareness Series: October 2016 - Take 3 Actions to Fight the Flu

    October 05, 2016

    “Take 3” Actions to Fight the Flu*

    1. Get a flu vaccine
      • The very best way to prevent the flu is to get a yearly vaccination.
      • Everyone 6 months old and older should get the flu shot every year.
      • The flu in children younger than 6 months old can be very serious. People who take care of infants and toddlers should get flu shots to prevent them from passing the illness to the children.
      • There are people who are more likely to get very sick if they get the flu. Those people (and those taking care of them) should get the shot. They include:
        • Young children
        • Pregnant women
        • People over 65 years old 
        • People with health problems like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, asthma
    1. Stop the spread of germs
      • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then, throw the tissue out.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
      • Stay home if you are sick.
    1. Visit your doctor
    2. If you feel sick, visit your primary care provider. If you test positive for the flu, your doctor may decide to treat you with medicine (an anti-viral).

        • Once you test positive, get the medicine as soon as your doctor gives you a prescription or tells you what to get.
        • Start your medicine right away and finish all of it.
        • The flu is a virus and antibiotics DO NOT treat it.

    REMEMBER, THE BEST WAY TO NOT GET THE FLU IS TO GET VACCINATED!


    * Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “CDC Says ‘Take 3’ Actions to Fight the Flu.” www.cdc.gov  

    For additional information about the flu, visit NYC Health: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-publications.page

    Sources:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Preventive Steps” www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “CDC Says ‘Take 3’ Actions to fight the flu” www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm


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