Health experts have warned people not to take flu vaccines on their own, as they have been circulating widely in the US.
The spread of the virus has forced emergency rooms to ration medicines, and it has left doctors scrambling to keep up with patients with symptoms and complications.
Here are five ways to help prevent a pandemic.
Use a “one-stop shop” for flu vaccinations 1.
Get the flu vaccine online Get the latest flu vaccines online at www.fda.gov/vaccines.
“The internet is the greatest thing since sliced bread,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a panel discussion at a National Press Club luncheon.
Don’t wait to get a flu shot 1.
Flu shots are often administered at the same time, or within an hour of each other.
Frieden said this can cause confusion for people who have previously received flu shots.
“You’re in a situation where there’s not a clear timetable for the flu,” he said.
Get vaccinated before work and school 4.
Don, dont, wait for the right day 1.
There are a few key dates that can determine when you’ll be able to get your flu shot: March 11, 8:30 a.m.
March 15, 7:30 p.m., and 11:30:59 p..m.; April 14, 6:30 to 8 p.
“This is when the flu season kicks in,” Frieden told attendees.
“That means the flu shots are at the top of your list of things to do.”
Know the flu is coming on time When the flu virus enters the US, it can spread quickly among people who are already infected.
If you are not vaccinated, you may not be able catch the flu.
If that is the case, there are ways to stay healthy: Take precautions against infection and seek medical care if you have symptoms of the flu or have not been vaccinated.
“I know of no scientific evidence that the flu can be prevented by taking a shot in the middle of the night,” Friedens said.
“We are all very lucky to be alive.”
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