Denver Public Health & Environment Reminds Denverites to #FightFlu

Take three easy actions to fight the flu this season ~

DENVER – Denver Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) wants to remind the Mile High City that receiving a flu vaccine every year is the best way to protect yourself and your family from flu and its potentially serious complications.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get vaccinated by the end of October. While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity often begins to increase in October, most commonly peaks between December and February, but can last as late as May. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body to protect against flu virus infection.

2017-2018 was a high severity flu season with record breaking levels of influenza illness, hospitalization rates and reported pediatric deaths. The best protection against flu is getting a flu vaccine.

Join DDPHE as we #Fightflu by taking these three steps:

  1. Get a flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting a flu vaccine every year provides the best protection against flu.
  2. Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Try to avoid close contact with sick people, and if you become sick, limit your contact with others. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often.
  3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If you get sick with flu, prescription flu antiviral drugs can be used to treat flu illness. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.

“The flu vaccine provides community protection; we get a flu shot to protect ourselves, but it also serves to protect those around us,” said Bob McDonald, Public Health Administrator for Denver and Director of Denver Public Health & Environment. “Spreading the flu to others is less likely when you’re vaccinated.”

What’s new this flu season?

  • Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating flu viruses.
  • Any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccines are recommended.
  • The nasal spray flu vaccine (LAIV) is again a vaccine option. Ask your health care provider about what vaccine is right for you.

Flu vaccines are offered in many doctors’ offices and clinics. Flu vaccines are also available in many other locations, including pharmacies, urgent care clinics, health centers, and travel clinics. Vaccines may also be offered at your school, college health center, or workplace. You can locate a vaccination site near you by using the Vaccine Finder.

You have the power to fight flu. Fight flu this season by getting your flu vaccine and encouraging others to protect themselves and their loved ones by doing the same. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #FightFlu.

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