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Stay Healthy This Flu Season

January 21, 2019 by

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Influenza, also called the flu, is a viral upper airway infection that starts in fall and continues through winter into early spring. It is important to understand influenza and how to prevent the spread of infection, especially if you, your family or people you spend time with are vulnerable to infections. Vulnerable populations include:

  • Senior 65 years and older
  • Very young children
  • People who have lung or heart diseases, chronic health conditions or weakened immune systems

Prevent the Flu
Get the 2018-19 flu vaccine at your family doctor, a community clinic or a pharmacy. The influenza vaccine is a safe and effective way to help prevent you and your family from getting sick. It can even save lives.

Ways to stay healthy this flu season
In addition to getting the flu vaccine, you can help stop the spread of the flu by:

  • Washing your hands regularly
  • Promptly disposing of used tissues in the waste basket or garbage
  • Coughing and sneezing into your shirt sleeve rather than your hands
  • Staying home when you are ill
  • Keeping your hands away from your face
  • Keeping common surface areas like doorknobs, light switches and keyboards, clean and disinfected
  • Eating healthy foods and staying physically active to keep your immune system strong

For more information on how to stay healthy this winter and stop the spread of influenza, visit HealthLinkBC.ca and see the Influenza (Flu) Season Health Feature.


Related Blogs:
How to Avoid the Flu ( https://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/blog/how-avoid-flu)
The Influenza Vaccine Protects Those Most Vulnerable ( https://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/blog/influenza-vaccine-protects-those-most-vulnerable)
Flu Season is HERE! ( https://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/blog/flu-season-here)

Reccommended Resources:
HealthLinkBC.ca ( https://www.healthlinkbc.ca)
Influenza (Flu) Season ( https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/flu-season)
Your Health This Winter ( https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/winter)

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