Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection that causes symptoms such as fever, cough, and sore throat. Seasonal flu happens annually and usually peaks between December and February. The best way to prevent influenza is by getting a flu vaccine. This year, as COVID-19 continues to circulate as we move into flu season, it is particularly important to PREPARE for flu to protect healthcare workers and our most vulnerable community members.
Build an emergency go kit. Include items to aid in following current public health recommendations such as face masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.
Periodically check your prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home. Have on hand any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins.
Talk with family members and loved ones about how they want be cared for if they get sick, or what you may need to care for them in your home.
Know the differences between COVID-19 and flu. Flu and COVID-19 have a lot of similar symptoms, so it can be hard to tell the difference. Take necessary precautions. If you believe your illness may be COVID-19, know what to do to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learn more here.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick in your home. Keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others outside of your home.
Stay at home when you are sick.
Seek healthcare when necessary.
Continue to seek routine medical care, managing chronic health conditions, and keeping children up to date on routine vaccinations.
Seeking care in the event of an emergency is critical because rapid treatment for certain conditions can dramatically improve a person’s chance of survival.
Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Learn more about coping with stress.
Make a plan each year to get a flu shot.
Stay up to date with the latest public health recommendations for both COVID-19 and flu.