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Flu Season in the Valley: Here’s What You Need to Know

getting a flu shot will protect you and your family

Getting the flu vaccine every year is important, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. While it is not possible to say for certain what will happen this fall and winter, it is likely that influenza (flu) viruses and COVID-19 will be spreading. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is possible to have the flu as well as other respiratory illnesses or COVID-19 at the same time. Even though getting a flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it can lower your risk of becoming seriously ill from the flu.

What the flu shot can do for you:

  • Keep you from getting sick with flu.
  • Lower your risk of serious flu illness and flu complications, including hospitalization and death.
  • Help you get back on your feet sooner if you do get sick with the flu.
  • Help protect the people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness and complications.
  • Protect women during and after pregnancy.

Actions to take to keep you and your family healthy this year:

  • Make sure everyone in your family 6 months and older gets their flu shot.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water frequently.
  • Follow public health advice regarding stay-at-home orders and other social distancing measures. (Visit covid19eauclaire.org for updated information.)
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
  • Stay informed. See CDC.gov for up-to-date information about COVID-19 and influenza.