3 simple ways to fend off the flu

Being sick with a cold is never fun. Being sick with the flu is much more serious — especially for older people, children under 4, pregnant women, and anyone with a heart condition. Follow these tips to protect yourself and the people you care about.

Get your flu shot

It’s your best defense. The vaccination can’t give you the flu. Getting a flu shot can help protect you against this year’s most common strains and prevent spreading the flu to others. Read more on the flu shot.

Boost immunity with healthy habits

Simple things that support overall health can also help you fight the flu. Wash your hands often and keep hand sanitizer handy. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat lots of fruits and veggies, and drink plenty of water.

Keep your germs to yourself

If you do get the flu, do yourself and others a favor and stay home. You need rest, fluids, and time to recover — and going to work, school, or other activities when you’re sick can make symptoms worse and spread the illness. Get care without leaving home 24/7 with care chat and consulting nurse 206-901-2244.

Kaiser Permanente members, see where you can get a flu shot.
 

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