Flu Prevention Awareness - Are You Doing All You Can To Avoid Getting The Flu?

As you've been seeing in the news, flu (influenza) season is upon us. This year’s flu season arrived early and is affecting all age groups at the same time, causing the flu to be widespread throughout the nation. Health and Human Services is seeing an increase of positive flu lab reports for persons living in Meriden.

The most effective way to avoid getting and spreading the flu is through prevention. Most of you are familiar with these prevention tips:

Get the FLU SHOT! It is NOT too late to get the vaccine. The vaccine protects not only protects you, but those around you. Our office still has plenty of flu shots for both adults and children; give us a call at 203-630-4234 to make an appointment or stop down/over to get your shot. Husky, Cigna, Medicare, Medicaid insurances are accepted. Please bring your insurance card to your appointment.

  1. Get the FLU SHOT! It is NOT too late to get the vaccine. The vaccine protects not only protects you, but those around you. Our office still has plenty of flu shots for both adults and children; give us a call at 203-630-4234 to make an appointment or stop down/over to get your shot. We accept Husky, Cigna, Medicare, Medicaid. Please bring your insurance card to your appointment. Please let your friends and family know as well.
  2. Cover your cough. People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. 
  3. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  4. Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with other people except to seek medical care.

Signs of the flu include:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

If you have any of these symptoms, please call your doctor. He/she can prescribe antiviral medications can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick by 1 or 2 days. They also can prevent serious flu complications, like pneumonia.

If you have any questions, please contact our Clinic at 203-630-4234 or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm