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Healthfirst Is Offering All Its Members Free Flu Shots To Stay Safe In Flu Season

The viral flu is highly contagious and it affects millions of people every year. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that a person is much likely to catch the flu virus even if an infected person is six feet away from them. The best idea is to get a vaccine that would provide protection from the flu.  Healthfirst is reminding members to get their annual flu shot, which is available to them at no cost.

Healthfirst is a New York-based not-for-profit health insurer, which provides easy access to affordable healthcare to nearly 1.4 million members. For all its members, Healthfirst is offering free flu shots. The members can schedule an appointment as per their availability to get their free flu shot with their doctor. Or they can get it from any local urgent care center. Now there is no need to take out time, travel and get the vaccination. Every member can find an in-network doctor by checking at HFDocFinder.org or by HFNoFlu.org to locate a pharmacy around their location.

Who is at risk of catching flu?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that every person over six months of age should get the flu vaccine. It can affect people of all ages and the risk is highest for pregnant women, people living in nursing homes, healthcare workers and old age citizens. People with underlying health problems such as diabetes, heart problems, asthma, allergies should take extra care as flu can make their condition worse.

Flu shot not only protects the person who gets it but also everyone around him. The vaccine can also help to reduce the potential of the flu virus even if you still catch it. However, the chances to catch flu after vaccination are rare.

Without treatment, flu may cause extreme health complications. So there is no need to delay it anymore especially when flu shots are made free and accessible by Healthfirst.

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Tips To Ditch Flu Virus This Year

Follow these tips to avoid catching flu this year.

  • Get a flu vaccine/ flu shot

Health experts and CDC suggests every person over six months to receive a yearly flu vaccine to avoid flu. This is the first and most important step to prevent serious health complications. Flu vaccines are easily available at local healthcare centers and pharmacies.

  • Take care of your personal hygiene

Always wash your hands with germicide soap or hand washing liquid multiple times a day. Make sure that your hands are clean before eating. Also, wash your hands after shaking hands with multiple people or flu-infected persons. Avoid entering to shared, high-traffic spaces and avoid public restroom. Keep a hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching any public property in a highly populated place.

  • Cover your nose while sneezing

If you happen to catch flu, be considerate and do not spread it. Cover your nose and mouth with a clean napkin, tissue or wipe when you feel like sneezing or blowing your nose.

  • Follow a healthy lifestyle

Follow a healthy diet and lifestyle. Hydrate your body and set time for your sleep. Prepare your body in advance to fight all disease-causing microbes including the flu virus.

  • Stay home if you are sick

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, stay at home and rest. Avoid going to the public and meeting people so that you don’t infect other people.

 

 

 

 

 

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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