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Take 3 Actions to Fight the Flu

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Earn Your Stripes: Take Time for a Flu Vaccine

The annual flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. It is an effective way to decrease flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and death.

Visit Flu Vaccine to learn more.

Stop the Spread

Simple, preventative actions that you can do every day go a long way toward stopping the spread of germs that cause the flu and other illnesses. Follow these easy steps to do your part:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Routinely clean frequently used surfaces and objects like countertops and door knobs.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Flu Antiviral Drugs

Your doctor may prescribe flu antiviral drugs for you. Taking these can make your flu illness milder and may shorten the time you are sick. If you are at higher risk and get symptoms, call your doctor early so you can be treated with antivirals if needed.

For more information on flu antivirals, visit CDC's Seasonal Flu Treatment.

Page last updated: July 24, 2023