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Fight the Flu: Top Tips to Prevent Flu This Season

Mercy Health | Oct 18 2017

Learn where to get a flu shot and how to increase immunity with these flu prevention tips.

What if you could reduce your chance for illness, extra doctor visits and missing work and school all within five minutes? You can — and all it takes is making a flu shot appointment. This season, we’re making vaccination easy, letting you know where to get a flu shot that’s most convenient to you. But first, let’s start with some flu prevention tips.

How to boost your immunity:

  • Exercise: moderate exercise has been proven to reduce risk of illness by up to one third. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
  • Hand-washing: infection is risked every time you cover your mouth or rub your eyes or nose. Use warm water, plenty of soap and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds to eliminate germs.
  • Diet and sleep: eating antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables and sleeping for seven-eight hours a night will keep your immune system strong.

Taking care of yourself not only prevents flu, but common colds and other sicknesses as well. However, if you are serious about preventing flu, the single-most effective way to do so is to be vaccinated.

What to know about flu vaccine:

  • We recommend a flu vaccine once a year as the most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
  • Flu shots are recommended for everyone older than six months, including pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions. Talk to your doctor if you have an egg allergy, have ever had GBS, or if you are not feeling well after your vaccination.
  • There are many different flu viruses. Your vaccine will protect against the viruses that research predicts to be most common. Protection begins about two weeks after your flu shot, when antibodies have developed.

Flu season generally begins in late fall and runs through winter. We recommend getting your flu shot as soon as possible to begin protecting against the virus.

Where to get a flu shot:

Many supermarkets, pharmacies, and local health clinics offer walk-in flu shots. You can also check with your employer to see if the vaccine is available at your office. According to the Center for Disease Control, the most common place for adults to receive flu shots is the doctor’s office.

We recommend that all children be vaccinated at the doctor. If you need a primary care or family physician, our team has you covered. Visit mercy.com to find a doctor today.

Mercy Health

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