Fight Influenza (Spanish)

Tome 3 Medidas Para Combatir La Influenza

Take 3 Steps to Fight the Flu

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Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease that can be serious. Every year millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and between thousands and tens of thousands die from influenza. CDC urges you to take the following steps to protect yourself and others from the flu.

You and Your Family Should Get Vaccinated!

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The annual flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against influenza viruses. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot if possible before the end of October, or as soon as possible after October.

Flu vaccines are offered in many places, such as doctors’ offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies, and college health centers, as well as by many employers and even some schools.

Protect yourself. Protect your family. Get vaccinated. #CombataLaInfluenza

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Avoid close contact with sick people, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands often (with soap and water), and clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with flu viruses.

If you get sick, limit contact with other people as much as possible. Remember to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue in the trash after use. Stay home until at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, except to seek medical attention or for other needs. (Before resuming your regular activities, your fever should have stopped for about 24 hours without using medication to lower it.)

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Take antiviral medications if your doctor prescribes them!

If you get the flu, antiviral drugs may be used to treat it.

Antiviral medications can relieve symptoms and shorten the period of illness. They can also prevent serious complications from influenza, such as pneumonia.

CDC recommends the use of antiviral medications during the early stage of treatment for people who are very sick with influenza (for example, people who are hospitalized) and those who have contracted it and are at high risk for serious complications, either because of age or because they have a high-risk condition.

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