With flu season’s arrival, CDCR’s Office of Employee Health and Wellness (EHW) have distributed posters reminding staff to wash their hands and cover their coughs. They are also reminding employees it’s time to get a flu vaccination.

The EHW issued the following as a guide for employees:

The 2018-19 flu season is officially underway. Have you gotten your flu vaccination? The first and most important step in avoiding the misery of the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. Getting the flu vaccination not only helps prevent you from getting the flu, but it will help protect those too young to receive the vaccination, others who are unable to receive the vaccination, and people who are at risk of serious illness from the flu.

In addition to the flu vaccination, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and frequent handwashing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause illnesses. Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems related to flu can happen at any age, but some people are at high-risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women and children younger than 5 years.

The flu vaccine is not perfect; however, receiving a flu vaccination remains the best practice for preventing the flu and for reducing the effect of the flu should you be infected. Now is a great time to vaccinate you and your family. Flu vaccinations are available through your primary care physician and at many pharmacies including Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS.