Flu Prevention

Fight the flu

Flu season is one of the worst times of the year, but cold and flu viruses can be avoided. By following good health habits and getting vaccinated each year, you can reduce your risks of catching the flu and prevent the spreading of germs to others.

How to beat flu season

Influenza, commonly referred to as flu, is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. The flu virus is highly contagious and can be life-threatening for certain population groups. Nobody plans on getting the flu, but you can follow these tips to avoid getting it.

    • Vaccination is the best way to protect you and your family.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – germs spread this way.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze to keep from spreading flu viruses to others – throw the tissue away after use.
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • If you have flu-like symptoms, stay home and isolate yourself from others.

    Where to get your flu shot

    Your doctor’s office, walk-in clinics and many local pharmacies offer the flu vaccine. You can also search for a local flu vaccine location near you by using this handy vaccine finder: http://flushot.healthmap.org

    Patients with a primary care provider at Anacortes Family Medicine or Fidalgo Medical Associates can call to schedule an appointment for the flu shot.

    Anacortes Family Medicine 2511 M Avenue, Anacortes (360) 299-4211

    Fidalgo Medical Associates 1213 24th Street, Anacortes (360) 293-3101

    For individuals without a primary care provider, flu shots are available at The Walk-In Clinic between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Walk-ins welcome.

    The Walk-In Clinic 2511 M Avenue, Anacortes (360) 299-4211

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