It’s that time of year when influenza, otherwise known as the flu, sends thousands of Marylanders to bed, and even to the hospital.. Here are steps you can take to stay happy, healthy, and flu-free. Check out these four tips on how to prevent the flu.
1) Get your flu shot
Did you know all Maryland Health Connection plans offer vaccinations at no additional cost, even if you haven’t met your deductible? According to the Center for Disease Control, getting your annual vaccination has many benefits, including reducing the risk of flu and reducing the severity of the illness. Stop into your local pharmacy or schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor for an annual flu shot. If you have a Maryland Health Connection plan, you can ensure you and your family are covered just in time for flu season.
2) Grab a box of tissues
Did you know sneezes can travel up to 100 miles an hour? Sneezing is one of the leading causes of the spread of germs. Keep tissues handy to help stop the spread of germs that cause the flu and other infections.
2) Use hand soap
Wash your hands, especially after sneezing or coughing! It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. The CDC says you should wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry your hands to properly keep them clean.
2) Take your temperature
One sign of the flu is a fever or feverish chills. The best way to tell if you have a fever is to use a thermometer to take your temperature. While having a temperature is common in the early stages of the flu, not everyone with the flu will have one. If a fever is not present, look out for other symptoms such as fatigue, dry cough and aching muscles that could indicate influenza.
Maryland Health Connection cares about your health. Visit your doctor for a flu shot. It’s covered!