RICHMOND, Va. (WVVA) – Flu season, the period of highest influenza activity, normally begins in October and ends in late May.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that vaccination by the end of October is preferred, vaccination in November and beyond can be beneficial during most flu seasons, since influenza activity usually peaks in January or later.
See the weekly influenza activity report (www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/influenza-flu-in-virginia/influenza-surveillance/) for more information.
In addition to being vaccinated, everyone should follow a few guidelines to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others:
- 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 to prevent spreading your illness to others.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean your hands – with soap if available, or if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- 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.
- Practice other good health habits, like cleaning surfaces, getting plenty of physical activity and sleep, staying hydrated and eating nutritious food.