Flu Season 2020-2021

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Prevent Seasonal Flu

It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Here is what you should know this season, including information on how to protect yourself and your family against the flu by getting a flu vaccine.

 

The best way for you to help stop the spread of the flu in our community is to get a flu shot today.  

Get Vaccinated

 

Who should get vaccinated this season? 

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza.

 

High-Risk Groups Include:

  • Adults 65 Years and Older
  • Pregnant Women
  • Young Children
  • Individuals with Asthma
  • Individuals with Heart Disease
  • Individuals with Diabetes
  • Individuals with HIV or AIDS
  • Individuals with Cancer
  • Children with Neurologic Conditions
  • Individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease

 

When should I get vaccinated?

You should get a flu vaccine before flu viruses begin spreading in our community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. 

 

The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October

  Prevent the Spread of Germs 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Wear a mask
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • 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 often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 

 

Additional Links and Resources 

CDC Resources on the Flu: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm 

FAQ on 2020-2021 Flu Season: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2020-2021.htm 

Louisiana Department of Health Resources on the Flu: https://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/subhome/8