Your annual flu vaccine is the most important way to prevent yourself and those around you from getting the flu—and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated.
Certain individuals, such as people who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs, should not be vaccinated without consulting their doctors first.
In addition to getting vaccinated, we recommend several other habits that can help keep our community healthy this flu season:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth. Studies have shown that influenza viruses generally can survive on surfaces such as phones and doorknobs for two to eight hours.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Wash your hands often.
Get Your Flu Shot—Our Family Practice Providers Can Help
Call us today to schedule your annual flu shot at Memorial Family Practice in Artesia (575.746.3119) or Carlsbad (575.234.2008). Don’t know your schedule in advance? Walk-in services are also available Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm.