As cold air rushes in and days become shorter, it means flu season has arrived. If you or a loved one has ever gotten the flu, you know how terrible it is. Severe body aches, chills, fever and fatigue can knock you off your feet for a couple of weeks. Who has time for that?
The good news is there are ways to prevent the flu. And the two most effective ways are quick, easy and FREE.
#1. Get a flu shot.
You need one every year, ideally in the fall before the flu becomes widespread. The flu shot is free with your ConnectiCare plan.*
#2. Wash your hands often.
Washing your hands helps protect you from germs. No soap or water available? Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. (It’s a good idea to stash a small bottle in your bag or keep one on your desk this time of year.)
Doubt hand washing can make that much of a difference? Check out this teacher’s experiment – yuck! (Now go wash your hands!)
And for good measure, here are a few more tips that may help you avoid getting sick this winter:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you’re sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing to help limit the spread of germs.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Illnesses are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits, such as getting plenty of sleep, drinking lots of fluids and eating healthy foods that have plenty of vitamins.
And did we mention washing your hands?! Just checking…
*“Free” preventive care means that you will not have a copay or have to pay money toward your deductible or coinsurance for the services. If you get a flu shot while visiting your doctor for another reason, your plan’s copayment, deductible and coinsurance may apply to the visit. If you get the shot at an out-of-network doctor, you will have to submit an out-of-plan reimbursement form.