As we head towards the winter months in Connecticut, the CarterCares team at Carter Mario Law Firm recommends that you protect yourself and your family from seasonal flu.
The Centers For Disease Control reports that flu activity can begin as early as October, peak in January, and can continue as late as May. Getting a flu shot now for everyone 6 months of age and older is the first and most important step in protecting against this disease.
- Check with your regular health care provider to see if they have the flu vaccine available.
- Visit the HealthMap Vaccine Finder at http://flushot.healthmap.org/ to find a flu clinic near you.
- Check with your local health department. You can find your local health department at www.ct.gov/dph/localhealth.
There are five ways you can avoid the flu whether you get the vaccine or not. They include…
- Wash your hands often - Use soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick - When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
- Stay home when you are sick - If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- 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.
- Call your healthcare provider immediately - If you develop flu symptoms to determine if a medical evaluation is necessary; antiviral medications can help if taken early in the illness.
The CarterCares team at Carter Mario Law Firm hopes that these tips can help you steer clear of the flu this season.