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Avoid the Flu Bug

cold-and-fluExperts say the single best way to avoid the flu is to get vaccinated. National Influenza Vaccination Week occurs December 8 – 14 and is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of getting an influenza vaccination.

The ideal time for you to get your flu shot is early Fall. To help the public learn about these strategies for preventing flu, the CDC provides the following Toolkit, flyers, posters, and other materials to post and distribute in the workplace.

The CDC Toolkit, flyers, posters, and other free materials may be downloaded by clicking here: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/index.htm.

Flu shots are especially important for protecting those at high risk including:

• young children;

• pregnant women;

• adults 65 years and older;

• anyone with a chronic health condition such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

Tips to help prevent getting the flu

• Wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

• Avoid crowds during the cold and flu season.

• Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.

• Exercise for at least 30 minutes, at least four days a week.

• Get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

So get a flu shot! It’s safe and your best protection against the flu.

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