Evade influenza

Experts say a vaccine is the best protection against the flu

It may seem a little counterintuitive since it’s still technically summertime, but if you’ve been paying attention you may have noticed that local doctors’ offices, clinics and drug stores are already offering vaccinations for the seasonal flu. In recent years, with the emergence of the pandemic H1N1 virus (swine flu), getting a vaccine has become increasingly important. But the truth is that the flu has always been a serious, contagious disease, particularly when it comes to vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, infirm, pregnant and young children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly vaccine as the best protection.

Here are some other ways to avoid the illness:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue while coughing and sneezing.

• Throw used tissues away immediately.

• Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water.

• Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Try not to touch your mouth, nose and eyes.

• Stay away from people you know are ill.

Source: www.cdc.gov