Much of the country is experiencing widespread and intense flu activity with an aggressive strain of influenza called H3N2. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. You should get a flu vaccine now, if you haven't gotten one already this season. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against flu. Here's what you can everyday to take preventive actions and protect yourself from getting 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. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• 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 the flu.
Check with your doctor promptly if you are at high risk of serious flu complications and get flu symptoms.