Everyday Actions to Prevent Flu
While getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu, there are other things we can all do every day to prevent getting or spreading the flu viruses and other viruses.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Try to cough or sneeze into the corner of your elbow and not your hand or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Other Helpful Flu Information
How to clean and disinfect schools to slow the spread of flu
More information on the flu can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the flu. Every flu season is different and we never know how bad a flu season is going to be or how long it’s going to last. Last year’s flu season was particularly severe. Because flu season is unpredictable, it is important to get the flu vaccine every year. Getting vaccinated is recommended for those six months of age and older. Some things to know about the flu vaccine:
- Health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties will only offer the flu shot.
- Regular flu shots are available for $29 and high dose flu shots, made especially for people 65 years and older, are available for $55.
- It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the immune system to fully respond to the vaccine and provide the body protection.
- Children 6 months through 8 years old who getting vaccinated for the first time will need two doses of the vaccine.
- The flu vaccine might cause some mild side effects such as low grade fever, aches, or redness/swelling where the shot was given but it cannot cause the flu.
- People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, heart disease, diabetes and lung disease and people 65 years of age and older.
- No appointment is necessary to get a flu shot in your local health department.
Download the Coastal Health District’s General Vaccine Consent form, fill it out, and take it with you to the health department to save some time when going to get your flu vaccine:
General Vaccine Consent Form 2018
General Vaccine Consent Form (Spanish)
Review vaccine information here:
Flu Inactive Vaccine Information Statement
Flu Inactive Vaccine Information Statement SPANISH