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National Influenza Vaccination Week

We’re smack dab in the middle of flu season, so there’s no better time to share a reminder about the importance of getting your shot! To raise awareness, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have dubbed this first week of December National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Not only can a flu vaccine keep you from coming down with that nasty bug, but it can prevent a whole host of other problems, such as flu-related hospitalizations and spreading the virus to more vulnerable populations (e.g. babies, pregnant women, elderly folks, and those already suffering from chronic health conditions).

According to the CDC, other healthy habits that can help prevent the spread of illness include:

  • Avoiding close contact with those who are already sick, if possible
  • Staying home from work, school, or running other errands when you are sick
  • Covering your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze
  • Keeping your hands with clean by washing with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Trying to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Staying hydrated, eating nutritious foods, and getting plenty of rest!

The CDC’s website has a wealth of information about flu symptoms, treatment, and nationwide updates about flu activity. Click the link HERE to find out more.

Wondering where the closest clinic or pharmacy is to you? Use HealthMap’s Vaccine Finder to find out!

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