December 6–12 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. It’s a good reminder to roll up your sleeve and get your yearly Medicare-covered flu shot. Each year, thousands of people are hospitalized from flu-related illness. When more people get the flu shot, more people are protected.
Flu prevention tips
Make sure you take these simple steps to help stop the spread of viruses, like the flu:
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
Who should get a flu shot
People with Medicare, young children, and pregnant women are at high risk of having serious health complications from the flu. When you get your flu shot, you reduce the risk of getting sick, being hospitalized, or dying from the flu.
Getting your flu shot also helps prevent you from spreading the flu toothers. You still have time to fight the flu. The flu shot is more important than ever this year, so get yours today.