Time to roll up your sleeve and get that shot in the arm, because it's flu season. The Centers for Disease Control says everyone over six months of age should be vaccinated.
The elderly and the young are most at risk and Dr. Jesse Hsieh reminds us that every year 30 to 100,000 people in the U.S. die from the flu. And now that kids are back in school it can spread like wildfire.
So what can you do to stay healthy this flu season? Dr. Hsieh says the Centers for Disease Control has three basic and pretty simple recommendations to help you avoid coming down with the flu.
“The first step is just to get your flu vaccine,” says Dr. S. Jesse Hsieh, M.D., the President of the South Bend Clinic. “Absolutely the number one way to not get the flu is to get vaccinated for it. The second thing is to follow good hygiene. Good hygiene is covering your nose when you sneeze or blow your nose, also washing your hands, not touching your face.”
Dr. Hsieh also says if you are sick, stay home. And if you don't have access to soap and water, hand sanitizers with alcohol will kill germs.