Stay Healthy During Flu Season
Flu season is here! One of the best ways to stay healthy is to get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a flu shot every year for everyone 6 months and older. It takes about two weeks for the shot to protect you. Every year, flu shots keep illnesses and flu-related hospitalizations down.
Have you gotten a flu shot yet? If not, you still have time. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has clinics where kids under 18 can get a free flu shot. You don’t need an appointment. Shots are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Learn more here.
Chicagoflushots.org is another great resource to find free flu shots.
Flu season can start as early as October and last as long as May. Now is time to protect yourself!
Other ways to stay healthy:
Flu shots are just a part of flu prevention. Good habits can help protect you and your family from the flu.
The Cook County Department of Public Health recommends practicing the three C’s:
- Clean: Always wash your hands.
- Cover: Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
- Contain: Don’t spread germs. Stay home if you’re sick.