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Wellness Wednesday: Protect yourself with a flu shot

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In this COVID-flu season that’s coming, it’s even more important to get a flu shot because it’s going to be hard to tell the difference between flu and COVID. In 2020, vaccinating as many people as possible against influenza could be critical to preventing a dual-epidemic scenario. Getting a flu shot is good policy in any year but this year it’s critical.

Did you get your flu shot yet? Make an appointment with your doctor or you can go to any drug store that offers flu shots if that’s more convenient. Be sure to bring your ID and insurance information. What’s more, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is hosting some Outdoor Flu Vaccination Events around the city.

Here are additional measures that you can take to stay safe:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Get consistent sleep, hydrate well, and maintain a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.
  • Carry hand sanitizer or cleansing wipes when you’re on the go.
  • Wear PPE while working and interacting. Bring a few extra masks with you in a plastic sandwich bag so you’re prepared should your mask break.
  • Social distance when not wearing masks.

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