How to Protect Yourself from the FLU!

Have you seen the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) map showing the spread of influenza?  Otherwise known as a map the United States of America?

It seems like the entire country is covered in the dregs of the flu season, and it’s kicked off with a bang.

Preliminary reports are indicating that the flu season is early this year, and if that map is any indication it’s gone viral.

The first step you can do to protect yourself is by getting a flu shot!

 

TRICARE covers both the flu shot and the flu mist. Beneficiaries can get their flu vaccine at no cost from military treatment facilities or from a pharmacist at one of the 45,000 network pharmacies administering vaccines to TRICARE beneficiaries. Find a participating pharmacy at www.express-scripts.com/tricare/pharmacy, or call Express Scripts at 1-877-363-1303.

Next check out these PDFs from the American Red Cross about how to avoid the flu with this handy Flu Checklist and How to Take Care of Someone with the Flu.

They cover the basics of prevention:

  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth
  • Wash hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

And what to do if you are infected:

  • Stay at home when sick
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Get plenty of rest, and drink lots of fluids

So, unless you’re planning on exiling yourself to Puerto Rico this flu season, be sure to get vaccinated and keep this virus from spreading any further.

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