There are three easy steps to prevent the flu:
1) Get stuck! Get your flu shot!
Getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu.
Flu shots are most important for people at high risk and their close contacts. These people include:
- Pregnant women
- People with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, asthma, etc.
- People age 50 and older
Complications of the flu include pneumonia. Adults 65 and older should get a pneumonia vaccine. People who have a chronic illness, a weakened immune system, or live in a nursing home should also get a pneumonia shot. This vaccine protects against a bacteria which causes pneumonia as well as meningitis and bloodstream infections. This can be given at the same time as the flu shot if needed.
2) Keep your hands clean!
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. This is how germs can spread.
3) Be a hero!
- If you get the flu, try and stay away from others.
- If you care for others who are at high risk, such as young children or older parents, get a flu shot.
- Take antiviral drugs if your doctor says to. These can help treat the flu and sometimes can prevent it.
Call Member Services at 1-866-433-6041 (TTY:711) or use our Find a Provider Tool to locate a pharmacy near you.