A year of the flu shot holds the flu away
The flu shot offers protection against the flu for about 6 months. A person should get a flu shot every year, and the best time to get one is the end of October.
What Is A Flu Vaccine?
Influenza (flu) vaccines (often called “flu shots”) are vaccines that protect against the four influenza viruses. The research indicates that these viruses are commonly spread during winter season. Most flu vaccines are “flu shots” given with a needle, usually in the arm. However, there is also a nasal spray flu vaccine.
How Does Flu Spread?
It mostly spreads through droplets in the air when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. It can spread from up to six feet away. Although it isn't as common, the flu can also spread from surfaces. If you touch something the virus is on and then touch your nose, mouth, or eyes, it may enter your body.
Healthy Habits That Protect Against Flu
The tips and resources below will help you learn about actions you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs.
Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
When ill, stay home!
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
Cover your face.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.