What You Can Do to Protect Your Family

Follow these important guidelines to prevent influenza illness. These simple steps can protect you and others from both seasonal and H1N1 influenza.

    • Get a flu shot. Everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated every year. The vaccine includes protection from 4 different strains of the flu virus. The flu vaccine is covered by your health insurance. Your insurance will be charged for the vaccine, but there will be no out-of-pocket expense to you.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze and discard the tissue into a wastebasket.
    • If you do not have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your upper sleeve.
    • Clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner, especially after coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Try to stay in good health by getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.
    • Do not go to work or school if sick.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Clean frequently touched surfaces with a household disinfectant.

More Information

For complete, up-to-date information, including flu clinic hours, please see 2017-2018 Seasonal Flu (Influenza) information.
For more information on how to protect your family, see Be Prepared for Flu Season, with advice from Peter T. Greenspan, MD, medical director of MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

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