BERLIN - With the cold weather upon us, the flu season isnāt far off.
The most effective way of preventing flu is to get a shot; and itās not too late to get one.
The Central Connecticut Health District will hold a final flu clinic today from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers of Wethersfield Town Hall, 505 Silas Deane Highway. There are no residency requirements.
Most insurances are accepted and cover the flu shot. Anyone age 4 and older will be accepted. Remember that by getting a flu shot and avoiding the flu, you protect those who cannot receive the vaccine.
What else can you do to avoid the flu? Basic hygiene will help you stay healthy. As you gather with friends and family, take the following simple steps to help protect yourself and others, and practice them year āround.
ļ® Wash your hands. Proper handwashing is like a ādo-it-yourselfā vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Handwashing done the right way can prevent illness and the spread of infection.
Lather, rinse and dry your hands: before eating, during and after food preparation; before and after taking care of someone who is sick or treating a wound; after using the toilet or after changing diapers, or helping a child who has used the toilet. (Assist the child to wash his/her hands as well.); after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose; and after touching an animal, animal waste or animal feed or touching garbage.
ļ® Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
ļ® Stay home when you are sick. Learn school guidelines on keeping sick children home too.
ļ® Completely cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. If you donāt have a tissue use your upper sleeve or the crux of your elbow.
ļ® Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when you touch something that is contaminated and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
ļ® Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food, to help your body operate at its optimal level.
And remember, the most effective way to reduce your risk of flu is to get a flu vaccine. Join us on Dec. 5th for fast, efficient, and friendly service.
For more information, call the health district at 860-721-2822, check our website at ccthd.org or like us on Facebook. Happy, healthy holidays from CCHD.