Nobody likes to get sick, but for many of us, getting sick is something we must deal with and find a way to carry on regardless of how we feel. After all, we have to work, take care of the kids and complete endless chores around the house. However, when that illness is the flu, crashing in bed is no longer an option but rather mandatory.
With symptoms such as fever, muscle/body aches, cough, sore throat, headaches and fatigue, fighting through the flu is almost impossible. In addition, given how contagious the flu is – you can pass it onto others one day before and up to seven days after becoming sick – being around others is not recommended. Therefore, it’s crucial to do what you can to avoid the flu throughout flu season, usually November through March. To help you and your family stay healthy, follow these six steps from CVS MinuteClinic.
1. Get a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent getting the flu is by getting a flu vaccination every year. The CDC recommends vaccinations for everyone six months and older as soon as the vaccine becomes available. It takes approximately two weeks after vaccination for full immunity against the flu to kick in.
I always get my flu shot to do what I can to stay healthy and to keep from passing it on to my kids. Stopping in at MinuteClinic made getting this year’s flu shot even easier. I popped in, checked in via the patient kiosk, and within minutes I was in the exam room getting my flu shot. I was in and out in about 15 minutes.
MinuteClinic administers flu shots to everyone 18 months and older. Most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B, typically cover the full cost of a flu shot, and MinuteClinic accepts most insurance. Customers who get their flu shot at CVS/Pharmacy or MinuteClinic also will receive a 20-percent-off CVS/Pharmacy shopping pass as well.
2. Keep clean. Wash your hands with soap and water often, especially after you cough or sneeze. Keep hand sanitizer nearby for those times you can’t wash your hands.
3. Contain coughs and sneezing. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, and discard the tissue in the trash. Sneeze into your sleeve if a tissue is not available.
4. Don’t touch. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, because germs can spread easily that way.
5. Maintain your distance. Avoid contact with those who are sick. Flu is thought to be spread primarily from person-to-person contact (coughing and sneezing doesn’t help!).
6. Enter quarantine. If you’re sick, stay home from school or work to keep others from getting infected. When home, limit contact with others, especially children, to help prevent the spread of flu germs.
Fighting the flu is something we all want to avoid, and following these steps can go a long way in that fight. For more information on the flu, visit the CDC website. To learn more about MinuteClinic’s vaccination offerings, visit the MinuteClinic website.
Disclosure: Karon received compensation and a voucher for a free flu shot from CVS MinuteClinic for this post. However, all opinions expressed herein are expressly those of the author.