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Good Habits to Protect Against Influenza

Release Date: October 18, 2022

Influenza (flu) season is upon us. Now is the time to take extra precautions with your health and that of your family and friends. Complications of flu may include bacterial pneumonia and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. Identifying symptoms and how best to avoid illness is the most important step in preventing the flu.

Flu Symptoms

  • Feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Diarrhea/vomiting

Help Stop the Spread of Flu

  • Get vaccinated. The flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu-related illnesses and serious complications.
  • Avoid close contact and stay home when you are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home from work, school, and errands. This will lessen the likelihood of infecting others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets dispersed when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands. One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs is by washing your hands. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to sanitize your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, and mouth.

Where Can I Get Flu Vaccine?

All Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) plans offer vaccine coverage. Visit the Office of Personnel Management’s Healthcare Plan Information website to review your health benefits or contact your insurance representative for more information. The flu vaccine is also available at most pharmacies and private health providers; use the flu vaccines search tool to find a location near you.

For additional information about this year’s flu season, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Seasonal Flu website. For more information on employee resources, please contact worklife@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 10/18/2022
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