Three-Step Approach to Fighting the Flu

The 2012-2013 influenza season started early and activity remains high nationwide. This may continue for some time. With that in mind, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a three-step approach to fighting influenza:

1. Get a flu vaccine.
2. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

In addition, the flu vaccine may be harder to find now than it was earlier in the season. You may need to contact more than one provider (pharmacy, health department, or doctor) to find available vaccine. The flu vaccine locator provided by the CDC ( ) may be helpful in your search.

For more information, visit the CDC flu resources.

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