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DOH Urges Community to Take Precautions during Flu Season and Take Advantage of Medical Outreach – Inform USVI

Due to an increase in flu cases on the U.S. mainland, the USVI Department of Health (DOH) encourages residents to wash their hands regularly, disinfect surfaces, sneeze and cough into sleeves, stay hydrated and get rest. If you do experience flu-like symptoms, speak to your physician about getting an antiviral medication such as Tamiflu. It should be taken within two (2) days of flu symptoms. If you do get the flu we urge you to refrain from going to work and to keep your children home from school.

However, to prevent the flu, the DOH recommends getting the flu shot. A flu vaccine can protect you and your loved ones. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Getting a flu vaccine is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of developing flu-related complications, such as pregnant women, young children, older adults and people with certain chronic diseases (i.e. asthma). It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season! So, get the Flu shot-not the Flu!