Flu Season 2019-2020: How to Prevent the Flu This Winter From St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1,300 deaths already from the flu this season. As the holiday season approaches, Dr. Richard Webby, a member of the Infectious Diseases Department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the World Health Organization’s Vaccine Composition Team, offered tips on staying healthy and published a guest op-ed in Newsweek reminding everyone that “it is still not too late to get the flu shot.”
“With family gatherings and travel during the holiday season, the influenza virus is spreading across the country and Americans need to take precautions now to protect themselves and their family. It is still not too late to get vaccinated and for your body to build up immunity this flu season,” warns Dr. Richard Webby. “The bottom line is the flu shot is still the most valuable and life-saving public health tool in preventing and spreading the flu. In fact, this year’s flu vaccine has been reformulated and updated based last year’s shot.”
Here are some simple tips to help prevent the flu this holiday season:
- Get the flu shot (it’s not too late).
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.
- Stay home and rest if you are sick.
“Getting the flu vaccine isn’t just about protecting your health, it’s also about protecting those around you who are vulnerable like the elderly, children and those with serious health issues. The more people who get the flu shot, the less chance the virus can spread while protecting more people,” says Dr. Webby.
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