Know What To Do About the Flu

Posted on Sep 15th 2016 by Florida Blue

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With flu season starting in October, it’s a good time to get your flu shot. It takes about two weeks to get into your system, so you’ll be protected when flu season starts.

Flu Facts

  • The flu vaccine will help protect you against the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus—all in one shot, all season long!
  • If you are 65 or older, get sick easier than others, heart and lung conditions or diabetes, the flu shot is even more important for you!

Next Steps

Once you’ve gotten your flu shot, remember these 4 helpful hints for staying healthy:

1. Wash your hands a lot. To get rid of viruses, you need to scrub for at least 20 seconds. If you can’t get to soap and water, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can kill cold and flu germs.

2. Keep up a healthy lifestyle. Get adequate rest, exercise regularly, eat healthy, don’t smoke and keep any allergies under control.

3. Avoid getting close to people who are sick. You can still be friendly—just don’t give hugs or shake hands. And don’t be shy about asking people who aren’t well to stay home until they are healthy again.  

4. Keep your home clean. Wipe down doorknobs, light switches and other frequently touched surfaces often to remove germs.

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