Flu season will soon be underway, and Prevea Health is encouraging community members to get a flu shot, as it is the most important step in preventing the disease.
The flu shot fights a different group of flu viruses each year; therefore, it’s important to be vaccinated yearly. Flu shots are especially important for young children, pregnant women, people age 65 and older, and people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease. Yearly flu shots should begin soon after the flu vaccine is available, ideally by October. However, getting vaccinated later in the season can still be beneficial, as flu viruses may still be circulating.
Prevea Health is now offering flu vaccines at all locations across Northeast Wisconsin, including in the Green Bay, Lakeshore and Northern regions. Click here for locations and hours, or visit: www.prevea.com
Call (920) 496-4700 to schedule an appointment.
To further prevent the spread of the flu and in addition to receiving the flu shot:
- Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash hands with hot water and soap often, especially before you eat. Or, use alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that may harbor flu germs.
- Eat a balanced diet to keep your immune system healthy.
- Get enough exercise.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting. If you or someone you know may have the flu, stay home, treat the fever and contact your health care provider if necessary.