Flu Prevention

Don’t let the flu get you! Check out this message from Dr. Mason on the importance of getting your flu shot!

Three Easy Steps to Avoiding the Flu:

1. Get your flu shot!

  • Getting a flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. The vaccine for the H1N1 virus is included in the seasonal flu vaccine this year.
  • Flu shots are most important for people at high risk and their close contacts. These people include:
    • Children
    • Pregnant women
    • People with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, asthma, etc.
    • People age 50 and older
  • Complications of the flu include pneumonia. Adults 65 and older should get a pneumonia vaccine. People who have a chronic illness; a weakened immune system; or live in a nursing home should also get a pneumonia shot. This vaccine protects against a bacteria which causes pneumonia as well as meningitis and bloodstream infections. This can be given at the same time as the flu shot if needed.

2. Keep your hands clean!

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. This is how germs can spread.

3. Be a hero!

  • If you get the flu, try and stay away from others.
  • If you care for others who are at high risk, such as young children or older parents, get a flu shot.
  • Take antiviral drugs if your doctor says to. These can help treat the flu and sometimes can prevent it.

Will you be pregnant this flu season?

Doctors recommend that you get a flu shot. Being pregnant increases your risk of getting very sick from the flu. Stay healthy during your pregnancy. Get vaccinated.

Studies show that the flu shot is safe for pregnant women.