What to Do When You Can't Get a Flu Shot

If for some reason you are unable to get a flu shot, it's important to know that you can take specific steps to reduce your chances of getting the flu. There are also steps you can take to treat the flu if you become infected, and to make sure you don't infect others.

Basic good health habits

The best prevention method is simply good hygiene. Wash your hands. Cover your mouth. Stay home when you're sick.

  • Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

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