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.