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If you didn't get your flu shot yet, it’s not too late. Flu season can last until April or May, so there’s still time to get the shot. The flu vaccine is more important than ever, because it not only protects you and the people around you from getting the flu, but fewer cases of the flu also help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you do plan to get the flu shot, that shot (and any other vaccines) should be separated by at least two weeks, per CDC recommendations.
1. Wash hands regularly: Make sure every member of the household washes their hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time. This is especially important to do after getting home, before preparing food and after using the bathroom. Even with regular hand-washing, it’s still important to avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
2. Guard against germs: Cold and flu viruses can survive on household surfaces long enough for germs to spread. However, cleaning surfaces with an effective disinfectant can help put a stop to germ transfer. The good news is that you don’t need harsh chemicals.
3. Practice healthy habits: Getting regular exercise, staying hydrated and getting plenty of shut-eye are all proven ways to protect your health. Be sure to practice these healthy habits.
As COVID-19 continues to place substantial demands on hospitals and healthcare resources, staying healthy and protected against the flu is especially vital. Take steps to boost your immunity and stop the spread of germs.