International Infection Prevention Week is to remind us of the importance of protecting ourselves from infections of all types. The absolute best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu this year is to get a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 60% of the approximately 200,000 Americans who are hospitalized for flu symptoms and 90% of those who die are adults over 65. In a 2013 study, people who got a flu shot reduced their risk of flu-related hospitalization by 76.8%. The perfect time to get your shot is this month. Other things you can do to help prevent spreading flu or infection include frequent hand washing with soap and warm water, covering coughs and sneezes, and keeping hands away from eyes, mouth and nose. Avoid anyone who is sick, and if you should become sick, stay home. Be mindful of infection prevention practices at your doctor’s office, hospital or other health care facility.
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