Healthy Habits Prevent Illness!
With the arrival of cool weather, it’s not uncommon for us to experience an increase in coughs, colds, influenza, and other respiratory illnesses. The good news is that many of these can be prevented. Practicing good prevention habits can help keep you and your family healthy this fall and all year.
- Wash Your Hands—A person might get sick by touching a surface or object that has a virus on it and then touching their own mouth and nose. They may even touch another person, spreading it to them, as well. Washing your hands frequently and properly will help cut down on this transmission.
- Cover Your Cough—A number of viruses, including influenza are mainly spread by droplets made when people cough or sneeze. The droplets land in the mouths and noses of people nearby or can be inhaled. Cover your cough with your elbow or upper arm to avoid this type of spread.
- Stay Home if You are Ill—If you do feel ill stay home. Many diseases are spread through person-to-person contact – an individual with the flu can spread it to others up to six feet away, even just by talking! Avoid passing on your illness; stay home and let your body rest.
Beginning in autumn, influenza is of particular concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot, but it is especially important for certain groups including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and people 65 years and older. These groups are at high risk of serious flu complications. Anyone that spends time around these groups of people, including healthcare workers, should also be sure to get immunized.
Flu season typically begins in October and can last until May, usually peaking in January and February. Now is the perfect time to get vaccinated! CCHD offers flu shots during normal immunization hours-no appointment necessary. This year, CCHD is pleased to offer both trivalent and quadrivalent flu vaccines. Trivalent vaccines provide protection from three different strains of influenza, and quadrivalent protect against four. Trivalent vaccine costs $25 for adults and $15 for children, while quadrivalent costs $30 for adults and $21 for children. CCHD accepts all insurances and payment types. The cost of the flu shot is covered in full by Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and HMK (CHIP).
Get more information on the flu and learn the answers to frequently asked questions about the flu and the flu vaccine.