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Published on December 01, 2012

What Should I Do to Prepare for This Flu Season?

December 4, 2012

Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.

“Flu season usually begins in November,” says Maureen Dela Cruz, MD, family practice physician with KishHealth Physician Group. “An immunization now can be effective through March.”

While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. Getting the flu vaccine soon after it becomes available each year is always a good idea, and the protection you get from vaccination will last throughout the flu season.

“To avoid the cycle of infection, follow good handwashing techniques, get enough rest and cover coughs and sneezes,” says Jamie Broekhuizen, DO, family practice physician with KishHealth Physician Group.

Proper Hand Washing Techniques 

When washing hands with soap and water:

  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
  • Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
  • Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend!
  • Rinse hands well under running water
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.
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