NFID supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Take 3” campaign to help protect individuals and communities against influenza (flu).
1. Get an annual flu vaccine
An annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during the 2020-2021 flu season to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Practice healthy habits
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Stay home if you are sick and try to avoid contact with sick people
- Wear a mask when you go out in public and practice social distancing (stay at least 6 feet apart)
3. Take flu antiviral drugs if prescribed
- If you do have flu symptoms, call your healthcare professional as soon as possible, as flu antivirals may be prescribed to treat your illness
- Antiviral drugs can make illness milder, shorten the time you are sick, and may also prevent serious flu-related complications
During the 2020-2021 flu season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever.
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Annual flu vaccination can help protect individuals and prevent additional strain on an already overburdened healthcare system
Answers to common myths about influenza and flu vaccines
Influenza (flu) is not just a common cold. Anyone can get sick with flu, but certain people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications.