Get the flu shot every year. The flu shot is your best defense against the flu. It's recommended for most people over six months old, and especially recommended for people in high-risk groups:
- Childcare workers
- Health-care workers
- People with weak immune systems
- People with chronic (long-term) diseases like asthma and COPD
- Pregnant women
The flu shot is not recommended for certain people:
- Babies less than six months old
- People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever; they should wait until their symptoms lessen before they get the flu shot
Stop the spread of germs
Wash your hands properly and often. The most common way to catch the flu is through your hand. If you touch something with flu germs on it, then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, you could get infected with the flu.
Stay away when you are sick or from others when they are sick.
Don’t spread the flu. We highly recommend that you stay home from work, school and public places when you are sick. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.