Protect yourself and others from the flu

AUG 05, 2016
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Are you ready for flu season? The flu is more serious than the common cold. It can cause illness, hospitalization, even death. Here’s how you can protect yourself and everyone around you — so you’re ready to battle the flu and win.


A colorful, illustrated infographic shows a smiling woman surrounded by bubbles of information. Kaiser Permanente’s 5 ways to fight the flu. 1.Get your flu shot. As a member, you can get a flu shot at no cost at our facilities or our flu shot clinics. The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself. It’s safe, effective, and targets this year’s viruses. 2.Don’t touch your face. 3.Sneeze or cough into your elbow. 4.Wash your hands. 5.Stay home if you’re sick. Visit kp-dot-org-slash-flu for more information.
Infographic: 5 ways to fight the flu. Click to expand.

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1. Get your flu shot

A flu shot is the most powerful protection against the flu. It’s safe and effective, and this year’s shot targets this year’s viruses.


2. Avoid touching your face

It’s true: Your eyes, nose, and mouth are the easiest ways for the flu to enter your body. So if you don’t touch your face, you make it more difficult for the flu bug to infect you.


3. Sneeze and cough into your elbow

Pretend you’re a caped superhero or your favorite TV vampire and let your elbow block the thousands of flu germs that you may be releasing into the air.


4. Wash your hands

Washing your hands can prevent you from spreading nasty flu germs or picking them up. If you take the time to reach for soap and water, you can save yourself from getting sick.


5. Stay home if you’re sick

Work or school may be calling. But if you’re sick, the best thing you can do is stay home in bed. The more you’re around other people, the greater the risk you have of infecting others with the flu.

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