The easiest way to get a flu shot is to call your primary care physician’s office for an appointment. Or you can try a local pharmacy. But if you’re having trouble finding available flu shots, federal health officials recommend trying this interactive vaccine finder.
Although the following personal and community actions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not a substitute for vaccination, they can help prevent the spread of germs:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you or your child gets sick with a respiratory illness, limit contact with other people to prevent spreading illness. Adults and children should stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to seek medical care or for other necessities. A fever is gone only without the assistance of a fever-reducing medicine.
- If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow instructions from your local public health officials. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measures.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. This helps prevent germs from spreading.
- Use soap and water to wash your hands often. If they are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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