We all know that the best way to protect yourself against the flu is by getting your flu shot each year, but did you know that getting vaccinated can also protect those around you?

A recent community-wide study showed that when more younger and middle-aged adults (aged 18-64 years) got their flu vaccine, there were lower rates of flu in older adults (aged 65+ years). This shows how important it is for ALL of us to get the flu vaccine: it helps protect you, your family, coworkers, fellow shoppers, and those around your Thanksgiving table.

In addition to getting a flu shot every year, you can help fight the flu with a few easy steps. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs like washing hands often, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying at home if you are sick. If you do get the flu, you can take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.