Last year’s flu season broke records 1 for the numbers of people who died or were hospitalized. Experts hope this sad news will prompt people to get flu shots this fall, when flu outbreaks typically begin.
We asked some of our members recently about the flu and how they protect themselves.
Five things you can do to protect yourself and your family.
- Get a flu shot. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot.
- Wash your hands often. If you don’t have soap and water, use a hand sanitizer with alcohol. You can carry a bottle in your bag or keep one on your desk.
- Clean and sanitize frequently-touched surfaces at home, work or school. Especially if someone is sick.
- Practice good healthy habits. Make sure you get enough sleep, stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet and stay physically active.
- If you are sick, stay home. The best way to prevent the spreading of germs is to avoid contact with others.
Mark your calendars, get your flu shot!
Over half of our members get their flu shots in October. You should, too. Research shows that the best time to get your flu shot is by the end of October. Here’s how:
- Call your doctor’s office for an appointment.
- Walk into a pharmacy near you. Bring your ConnectiCare member ID card. You can search for local pharmacies here.
- Sign up for a flu shot clinic at work.
1 Washington Post, accessed Sept. 27, 2018.