Help prevent the spread of the flu by following the "Four C's"
-Contact: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others to prevent them from getting sick. Equally important is avoiding contact with your eyes, nose and mouth since the virus spreads by entering the mucous membranes in these areas.
-Contain: If you are sick, stay home from work, school and public areas. By doing so, you will help prevent others from getting sick.
-Cover: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough to protect others from getting sick. Since you may be contagious even before you realize you are sick, it is important to make this habit routine.
-Clean: Clean your hands in hot soapy water often. Hand washing is one of the most effective, yet overlooked ways of preventing the spread of illness.
Where can I go to get a flu vaccine?
Adults looking for a flu shot should check with their primary provider or a local pharmacy chain.
If you're looking for a flu shot for your child, check with his or her pediatrician or try one of the local neighborhood health centers listed here. Be sure to call ahead to find out if they have vaccine in stock:
What do I need to know about the flu vaccine?
It’s recommended for everyone six months of age and older, according to vaccine the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Flu shots are widely available at the clinics listed above, the health department flu clinics (link), many pharmacies and some grocery stores.
The good news is that most people who have had a flu shot before will need only one dose. For the 2014-2015 season, the flu vaccine will contain the same strands as last year. There are two vaccines available, a trivalent vaccine that protects against three common strands, and a quadrivalent vaccine that protects against 4 strands.
Flu shots are especially recommended for pregnant women, children age 5 and under, people age 50 and older, people with certain chronic medical conditions, people who live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities and health care workers or others who care for those at high risk for flu complications, including infants less than six months old, who are too young to be vaccinated.
While the flu shot is a good idea for most people, you should always check with your health care provider first, especially if you have a severe allergy to chicken eggs, have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccine or have developed Guillain-Barre syndrome within six weeks of getting a flu vaccine. Anyone with a moderate to severe illness with a fever should wait until they have recovered to get vaccinated.
Download these printable brochures and fact sheets
Flu fact sheets for people with medical conditions