Protect Yourself Against the Flu

By Dr. Joseph Zeitlin, Chief Medical Officer, EmblemHealth

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NEW YORK -- By Dr. Joseph Zeitlin, Chief Medical Officer, EmblemHealth

Flu season is just around the corner, so it's time to protect yourselves and your families by getting your seasonal flu shot. As New Yorkers, many of us live, work or go to school in very cramped quarters, which can increase our likelihood of coming in contact with the influenza virus.

The flu shot will prevent you from contracting the virus and protect those around you. The vaccine especially helps protect vulnerable people - like those with chronic heart disease, children, infants, and the elderly - who are at a higher risk of becoming ill. It can also reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations and deaths. Read more from the CDC on why the flu shot keeps you and your loved ones healthy.

In addition to receiving the vaccine, here are some other ways to take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy this flu season:

  • Wash your hands often (especially after sneezing and coughing).
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand).
  • Use hand sanitizer when hand-washing isn't possible.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Keep a distance from people who are sick.
  • Get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Get vaccinated early to help prevent the symptoms and serious complications caused by the influenza virus. Talk to your doctor about the flu shot today, or visit one of the 36 convenient AdvantageCare Physicians locations across New York City and Long Island.

To find the health plan that's right for you during open enrollment season, consider EmblemHealth. Nonprofit EmblemHealth has been serving generations of New York families for over 75 years with quality, affordable health plans and an extensive network of doctors and hospitals. Learn more at emblemhealth.com or call 1-877-411-3625.