It’s that time again—time to get your flu shot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive a yearly flu vaccine. Research shows that vaccination may lower flu-related hospital visits by about 70 percent.
Don’t put it off. If you get your shot right away, you’ll be protected when flu season hits. Even if you had a shot last year, you need another one to fight the most current flu strains.
While getting the flu shot is your best move, follow these tips to avoid passing the flu:
If you end up catching the flu, follow this advice:
If you get very sick and self-treatment is not working, are pregnant, or have a medical condition that puts you at high risk for complications of the flu (e.g. asthma, diabetes, heart disease), call your doctor. You should also contact your doctor immediately you experience any of the following:
Always consult your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional before changing your daily activity, diet, or adding a supplement. Talk to your Rite Aid Pharmacist for other tips on how to manage during flu season.
See if your local Rite Aid offers flu shots.
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