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Here’s What You Should Know about This Year’s Flu Shot

The type of flu that’s prevalent changes every flu season—here’s what you should know about this year’s flu vaccine and how to protect you and your family from getting sick.

Nurse giving older woman a flu shot 

With the changing fall leaves and cooler temperatures, it’s hard to think about getting sick. Soon, the flu season will be in full swing. A flu shot is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from getting the flu.

What’s changed?

This year’s flu vaccine is predicted to be much more effective than last year’s. Two components of the flu shot—the H3N2 (influenza A) strain and the influenza B virus—have been updated to provide better protection. While it can be difficult to make sure the vaccine matches the strains that are circulating, getting a flu shot provides protection against strains that may change or mutate.

Why get a flu shot?

The flu shot is the best first line of defense against the flu. Often, the flu can cause serious complications even in healthy people. Plus, getting immunized also protects your family and friends from getting sick.

Related: Do Flu Shots Really Work and Should I Get One?

Who should get a flu shot?

Everyone ages six months and older should be immunized every flu season.

Where can I get a flu shot?

For SelectHealth members, flu shots are covered under your plan’s medical preventive benefit when rendered in a medical setting. You can go to your doctor, clinic, or local participating pharmacy to get your shot this season. 

Related: 4 Things You Should Know about Flu Shots

What else can I do to prevent illness this winter?

In addition to the flu, colds and other respiratory viruses spread quickly during the winter months. There are a few things you can do to keep you and your family well:

Wash your hands

Germs are often spread through coughs and sneezes. People can also pick up germs if they touch something that has the flu virus on it and touch their eyes, mouth, or nose. Frequent hand washing with soap and water will help you stay healthy. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Stay home when you are sick

If you aren’t feeling well, stay home from work, school, and other activities. This will prevent you from spreading your germs to others.

Cover your mouth and nose

Use a tissue or your elbow to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. This may help those around you from getting sick.

Taking a few extra steps this winter to prevent colds and flu will help keep you and your family safe this winter. While you’re here, check out our other healthy living articles. 

 

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