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Flu Season

Flu Season

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The Center for Disease Control recommends that everyone six months of age or older get a flu vaccine every year. If you or a family member has not gotten the flu vaccine it is NOT too late. The flu season can last well into Spring, and there is plenty of flu vaccine available.

Go to this CDC website page, and on the right side of the page is a box called "Flu Vaccine Finder". Put your zip code in and you will be given a list of pharmacies in your town where you can get the vaccine.

Take everyday precautions to avoid catching the flu:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, 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. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not available , cough into your elbow. If using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

Here are links to a brochure produced by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health with more information about the flu.

Flu: What You Can Do in English

Flu: What You Can Do in Spanish

Flu: What You Can Do in Portuguese

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