Get Vaccinated. Vaccination is the best protection against contracting the flu. You need two vaccines to be fully protected this year. The seasonal flu vaccine is different from the H1N1 (Swine) flu vaccine. The CDC is encouraging people to get both vaccinations. Get both vaccinations as soon as possible.
Find a Flu Clinic Near You and Get Vaccinated. The American Lung Association (ALA) has an online tool called, Flu Clinic Locator. Visit the ALA Flu Clinic Locator or our Flu Shot Locator page, to find flu shots in your area.
If you do contract the flu, talk to your doctor about antivirals. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that can be used for prevention or treatment of flu viruses. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. Two types of antivirals, Oseltamivir (TAMIFLU®) and Zanamivir (RELENZA®) may be effective against the H1N1 flu.
Take these everyday steps to protect your health:
If you must have close contact with a sick person (for example, hold a sick infant), try to wear a facemask or N95 disposable respirator.