December 4th-10th is a week to encourage people of all ages to get their influenza vaccine. This week began in 2005 to highlight the importance of preventing the flu in ourselves and preventing the spread of it in the people around us. Receiving the vaccine is the best way to prevent catching the illness everyone dreads to get. The flu vaccine has been available for a few months, but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) want to continue to share the importance of receiving the vaccine throughout the holiday and winter seasons.
Flu activity peaks during the months of December through March in the United States. Who wants to be sick during the holiday season? Nobody! The sooner you are vaccinated, the better your chances are at not picking up the yuck that everyone else is carrying around. Every single person older than six months is encouraged to get the injectable vaccination which is a common flu shot. It takes about two weeks for the vaccination to run it’s course and begin fighting those contagious germs.
You can receive a flu shot at your local pharmacy or any immunization clinic your community may be hosting.
Along with receiving the flu shot, there are other healthy habits you can develop to stay healthy, and help your loved ones stay healthy, during these cold months.
- Keep a distance from your friends who are sick
- If you are sick, stay away from other people so you don’t make them sick!
- If you are sick, stay home at least 24 hours once your fever is broken, except to go to the doctor
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Wash your hands A LOT (this can be a year-round habit!)
- Avoid touching your face, this is how you receive all of those germs
- Wipe down counters, door handles, steering wheels, and anything else you touch often
Once you have received your flu shot, you can rest easy in knowing that you helped prevent yourself and others around you from catching the flu. The flu shot is your best shot. Happy Holidays!
Fight the Flu! (2016, December 5). Retrieved December 6, 2016, from http://www.cdc.gov/features/fighttheflu/index.html