Flu is a potentially serious, contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a three-step approach to fight flu:
- Get a flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. Getting a flu vaccine every year provides the best protection against flu.
- Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. 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.
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If you get sick with the 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.
Learn more about how you can fight flu this season.