Although flu season is usually on its way out by spring, it’s peaking late this year. Cases are up nationwide, and right now Kentucky is seeing some of the highest rates of the flu in the nation.
On the bright side, the CDC reports this season’s flu vaccine is very effective against the virus. If you haven’t yet gotten a flu shot this year, it is still worth getting one.
If you are a UK employee, you can still get a flu shot through University Health Service. Call 323-APPT (2778) for an appointment.
If you are not a UK employee, check with your primary care doctor or your preferred pharmacy to see if they still have shots available. If they don’t, you can visit to find out where you can get one.
Getting your flu shot every year is the single most effective step you can take, not just to avoid getting sick yourself, but to help protect those around you, particularly the very young, the very old and anyone who cannot take a flu shot.
To keep the flu and other illnesses from spreading you should also:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 15-20 seconds or using alcohol-based disposable wipes or gel sanitizers.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as much as possible.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and if you are sick, keep your distance from others.
- Stay home from work or keep your kids home from school when sick.
- Remind your children to wash their hands.
Learn more about the flu, including how the virus is transmitted.
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