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Prevent the Flu

Preventing the spread of the flu is as easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Get Vaccinated.

Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following people should be vaccinated each year:

  • All children aged six months to 18 years
  • Adults aged 50 years and older
  • Persons with underlying chronic medical conditions
  • All women who are be pregnant during the influenza season
  • Health care workers involved in direct patient care
  • Child care and elderly care workers
  • Persons at high risk of severe complications from influenza

2. Take Steps Daily to Prevent the Spread of the Flu.

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm/hot water
  • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer when hand-washing is not possible
  • Cover your mouth or nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid contact with your nose, eyes or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms

3. Take Anti-viral Drugs When Recommended.

Your doctor may prescribe anti-viral drugs to treat your flu symptoms. Search the TRICARE Formulary to learn more about anti-viral drugs.

Last Updated 1/19/2018