It is the time of year to get poked, to keep you healthy

If you are 6 month or older you need to start making plans to get you flu vaccine. Flu season is about to pick up speed in our great state and we all need to be ready for it.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) explained that  it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu. It is recommended that people get the flu vaccine by the end of October for the best protection against the illness!

The Detroit News reported that...

Last year the vaccine was just about 50% effective. It is still possible to get the flu despite vaccination. However, the vaccine lowers hospitalization rates, deaths in children and protects expectant mothers and their babies. Getting vaccinated helps you, your family and neighbors, and your community.

Here are some ways you can protect yourself from the flu..

  • Get your flu shot!
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Get your rest and stay healthy this winter!