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Four Tips to Prevent the Spread of the Flu

The leaves are changing and the weather is getting cooler – fall is definitely upon us! The change in season often means a busier schedule for most families and leaves little time for getting sick. Every flu season is different and the illness affects different people in different ways, but there are things you can do to prevent the spread of the flu:

  1. Cover your Cough  
    Cover your mouth with your elbow or a tissue when you cough and avoid coughing or covering your mouth with your hand. (Remember to throw your tissues away immediately after use!)

  2. Keep Clean
    Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often. Also remember to wipe down objects that are touched often by many hands such as computer keyboards, phones, door handles, etc.

  3. Contain Germs
    When you are sick, help protect others by staying home. Stay hydrated, get enough rest and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet to strengthen your immune system and get you back in the game.

  4. Get your Flu Shot
    The CDC recommends people at high risk of developing serious complications from the flu – such as those with certain medical conditions, pregnant woman and people age 65 and older – receive their flu shot. The CDC also recommends that those who live with or care for high-risk individuals also get their flu vaccine. Even if you do not fall into one of these groups, it is a good idea to get your flu shot and avoid being sidelined during the hustle and bustle of the season.

If you have not received your flu shot yet this year, MercyCare family clinics and our three Urgent Care locations all offer flu vaccines. For a complete list of MercyCare clinics, visit www.mercycare.org/clinics

Flu Prevention