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7 Ways to Protect Yourself from the Flu

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There’s no denying that the cold, winter months are here to stay for a little while. Want to stay healthy? Here are 7 ways to protect yourself from the flu this year.

There's no denying that the winter months are here to stay for a little while. Here are 7 ways to protect yourself from the flu this year.

7 Ways to Protect Yourself From the Flu

Make that appointment and get your flu shot. The sooner you get in to get this done, the better. Don’t make an appointment with your doctor for a vaccination. Make an appointment at a CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic location. Vaccination coverage is available under most health insurance plans and CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic accept more than 5,000 health plans. Your out-of-pocket cost for vaccinations, if any, will depend on your specific insurance plan.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. This probably seems like a given, but if you see someone sneezing or coughing, keep your distance. This goes for friends and family, as well as visitors.

Wash your hands constantly. Without even knowing it, you could be picking up the flu virus when you open a door, or switch on a light. The flu virus is lurking at every turn and if you’re not careful, you’ll be the next victim.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. It may seem a little weird, but these areas allow germs to get in. While the flu is spread by coughing, sneezing, and even talking, the flu virus can survive for a few hours or even a day on surfaces and in enclosed spaces. The most common way the flu virus is spread is when hands that have been in contact with contaminated surfaces go near the face. That’s why you should wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based cleanser.

Stay home when you are sick. A recent CVS Pharmacy consumer flu survey found that nearly two in three (65 percent) of employed Americans would still go to work even if they were feeling ill with flu-like symptoms. It’s important to understand the preliminary symptoms of the flu, and if you or your child is experiencing them, stay home. This will help bolster your immune system and avoid the spread of germs throughout the workplace or classroom.

Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Getting 8 to 10 hours of rest per night is ideal. If that isn’t possible for you, get as much rest as you can. When you’re body is tired, it doesn’t fight as hard to keep you well. Giving your body rest is a great way to combat illnesses.

Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet is essential for a healthy immune system. There are nutrients and vitamins your body needs in order to work at its full potential. Fill up your plate with vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.

There's no denying that the winter months are here to stay for a little while. Here are 7 ways to protect yourself from the flu this year.

Having a strong immune system is one of the ways to protect yourself from the flu. But to have a healthy immune system, you have to do your part. Not sure what to do to help your immune system? Here are some tips to boost your immune system.

There's no denying that the winter months are here to stay for a little while. Here are 7 ways to protect yourself from the flu this year.

With approximately 9,600 retail pharmacies and more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics locations, it’s more convenient than ever to get the vaccinations you need every day, evenings and weekends, and many with no appointment necessary. For a location nearest you, use the store locator feature on www.cvs.com/getvaccinated.

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    I love that CVS offers a place to get flu shots. Much faster and easier then sitting in doctors office.

  2. 2

    The flu is horrible! I’m always trying to wash my hands and make sure I’m staying on my kids with washing their hands. I love that you can get a quick and easy flu shot at CVS!

  3. 3

    Great tips. Kids get flu very fast in this season. These tips are helpful.

  4. 4

    We still have to get our flu shots here – only my oldest son has been able to get one (at school) our neighborhood clinics and even my kids doctors office are waiting for a new supply :/

  5. 5

    This is the problem with people they still go to work and infect others with their germs. I think its so inconsiderate

  6. 6
    Neely Moldovan says:

    My hand are already SO dry from washing them as much as I do but I’d rather have dry hands than the flu!

  7. 7

    These are great tips. I think my youngest is sick right now and usually gets hit the worst because of his inability to eat regular food (so immune system sucks, vitamins low) and doesn’t wash his hands as often as he should. I know I wash my hands extra during this time of year.

  8. 8

    Great ideas! It’s good to get the flu shot sooner rather than later. I really don’t want to get sick!

  9. 9

    I love these tips!! It is hard to believe it is already flu season, my kids get the flu every year it seems no matter how hard we work to prevent it.

  10. 10

    Ugh, we have got to get our flu shots! We’ve been talking about it for weeks now and haven’t done it yet. Thanks for the reminder to take care of ourselves.

  11. 11

    great tips we are definitely in the flu season. I work at a living facility and it is going around
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