Don’t let the flu find you!

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It’s up to you to look after your health and the health of your loved one you’re caring for. And that means doing everything you can to stay flu-free.

Improve your chances of staying healthy through the coming fall and winter months by following these two easy steps:

STEP 1: Ask your doctor if you or your loved one need any of the following shots: flu, pneumonia, shingles or whooping cough.

STEP 2: Pick a time and get the shots you need.

“We know if you plan ahead, you’re more likely to follow through and get these shots,” said Andrew Renda, M.D., MPH, director of Humana’s Bold Goal Measurement. “These are simple steps to take — for your own health and to keep your loved ones healthier, too.”

Your best shot to stay healthy

For flu shots this year, you may be able to choose between the traditional shot or a high-dose version. Both are safe, effective options to help prevent common and seasonal illness.

“The bottom line is, we at Humana want every senior to get a flu shot — any flu shot — because that’s one of the best ways to protect against illness,” Dr. Renda said. Ask your doctor which type of flu shot is best for you.

Vaccines (shots) are important for almost everyone, but especially as we get older: “As we age, the immune system just doesn’t work as well as it did when we were younger,” Dr. Renda said. “That means we’re more likely to get things like flu and pneumonia, unless we get the shots.”

Health problems mean higher risk

Flu is never fun for anyone, but healthy people can usually fight it off more easily than those with health problems or the elderly. If you or your loved one has diabetes, heart disease, COPD or other conditions, getting shots can keep you out of the doctor’s office and even out of the hospital this winter.

“You’re probably already doing most of the right things to stay healthy, like taking medicines to keep any health conditions under control,” Dr. Renda said. “Getting shots is just one more step you can take so you can have a great winter spending time with friends and family.”

For most members, your health plan pays for these shots, so you can get them at no extra cost to you. Make your appointment, talk to your doctor and roll up your sleeve for better health!

Test your flu IQ

You do everything you can to help your loved one stay healthy. That means taking care of yourself, too. Start by knowing flu facts — and be a flu fighter!

Flu is a highly contagious virus. Even healthy adults can get flu and spread it to others who may be at risk for serious complications and may not be able to recover. The single most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family during flu season is get a flu shot.

Test your flu IQ at www.cdc.gov/flu/fluiq.htm(link opens in new window)