Flu activity peaks between December and February and can last as late as May. To ensure the start of a healthy new year, remind your friends and family of these flu prevention tips to stop the spread of germs:
- Wash your hands often and use respiratory etiquette during flu season. There are many other respiratory viruses out there besides the seasonal flu, and the flu vaccine cannot protect against all of them.
- Use hand sanitizer.
- Postpone play dates with sick kids.
- Wear appropriate outdoor clothing.
- If you are sick with the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others.
If you haven’t already, get a flu shot. CHOC Children’s and the American Academy of Pediatrics urge that all children ages 6 months or older be immunized against influenza. It is especially important for people who are at high risk of complications from flu to get a flu vaccine, including:
- Pregnant women
- People 50 years of age and older
- People of any age with chronic medical conditions
- People who are immunosuppressed
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- Health care workers
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