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 2021-2022 flu season to protect yourself and those around you from flu, and to help reduce additional strain on healthcare systems.
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 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
- Flu antiviral drugs can help make illness milder, shorten the time you are sick, and may also prevent serious flu-related complications
During the 2021-2022 flu season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever.
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The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) commissioned two national surveys (conducted online from October 28-November 8, 2021) to better understand knowledge, attitudes, and practices toward flu and pneumococcal disease vaccination as well as communication between healthcare professionals (HCPs) and adult patients with chronic health conditions.
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