Flu season is approaching and typically runs through May—now is the time to get a flu vaccine! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months and older get a flu vaccine this fall. To stay in the clear this season, the CDC recommends a three-step approach:
- Get a flu vaccine! Getting a flu vaccine every year provides the best protection against flu. Flu viruses are constantly changing, so flu vaccines are updated each year to better match viruses expected to be circulating in the United States. Yearly vaccination is needed for the best protection. Contact your health care provider or health plan to find out where you can get your vaccine.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people, and if you become sick, limit your contact with others. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands often.
- If you get sick with flu, prescription flu antiviral drugs can be used to treat flu illness. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.
Look for convenient workplace flu shot clinics statewide, via the Well Wisconsin Program. To find a flu shot clinic near you, along with registration links, log in to https://wellwisconsin.staywell.com.