It's not too late to get your flu vaccine
Peak flu season is usually in February, but the flu starts popping up in the fall. The best protection is to get vaccinated every year. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Why does the flu vaccine matter so much? For starters, you can avoid the cough, runny nose, and fever that come with the flu. If you’re pregnant, the flu shot is very important to help keep you and your growing baby safe.
Research shows that college students and working adults are the least likely to get a flu shot, but are the most likely to spread the flu. Getting vaccinated for the flu also protects the people around you, especially children, older adults, and people with a chronic condition.
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Get the vaccine, and also follow these health habits:
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover nose and mouth when when you cough or sneeze.
- Limit time in public when flu is in your community.
- Follow a healthy diet to boost your immunity.