Flu Season Preparation

How to Stay Healthy Amidst Sickness

Avoid the Flu by Getting Your Shot!

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Avoid the Flu by Getting Your Shot!

Hunter Watson

Every year when flu season comes around, you see people fall to it in your workplace, school, and even family. There are different strains of the flu, and scientists guess at which one is most likely to show up during the year, and that’s the one they base the flu shot around. For the 2016-2017 year, the vaccine will contain the H3N2 and the B strain, which are put in the vaccine to combat the influenza virus and keep the recipient of the shot healthy. Each flu season, doctors recommend either an injection or nasal spray, and this year the injection is advised. Some of the shots even protect from up to four different strains. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common. However, that doesn’t always mean that getting the shot will protect you against the flu. Some people who’ve gotten the shot still contracted a different strain of the virus because the shot doesn’t protect against all the strains. It can’t, seeing as the virus changes all the time.

Getting a shot isn’t the only way to prevent against the flu, however. Here are five general rules for preventing the spread of the flu:

  1. Avoid close contact
  2. Stay home when you’re sick
  3. Cover your mouth and nose
  4. Clean your hands often
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth