How to Survive Flu Season

By: AvMed Health Tips AvMed Health Smarts

With flu season here, it’s important to be prepared. The best way to prepare is by getting the flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends annual flu vaccination for people 6 months or older. It’s considered the most effective way to prevent infection, and it’s available free of charge to all AvMed Members. 

To get your free flu shot, simply visit your local Participating Provider or pharmacy – just remember to show your AvMed Member ID Card. Although you can get the vaccine anytime during flu season, it’s better that you get your shot as soon as possible. The vaccine takes up to two weeks to become effective and the sooner you get it, the sooner you’ll be protected. Find a Participating Provider near you by logging into your AvMed.org account.

Here are some more tips to help you to limit the spread of germs at home and at work:

  • Wash your hands regularly: Common household and office areas like the kitchen are likely breeding grounds for germs. After visiting these areas, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your face: Touching your face without washing your hands gives germs an easy entryway for infection. 
  • Minimize contact with sick people: If you notice someone is coughing, sneezing or showing other signs of infection, maintain a safe distance from them whenever possible (3 feet is recommended). 
  • Get enough rest: Not sleeping enough can affect your immune system and make you more susceptible to infection. Make sure you’re going to bed at a reasonable time and getting the recommended eight hours of sleep.