Reminder: Flu shots are beneficial until the end of the seasonMarch 25, 2016
The seasonal flu has been reported across the U.S. and incidences are beginning to increase in Alaska. Flu seasons are unpredictable and can range from mild to severe. Alaska typically has sporadic flu activity year round, some of it related to travel and the beginning of the tourism season. Peak activity can occur as late as March.
Proper hand hygiene is an effective way to prevent the spread of infection and disease. Keeping your hands clean and regularly washing them with antibacterial soap and water protects yourself and those around you. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands.
In addition to washing your hands, covering your cough, staying home from work or school when sick and getting your annual flu shot are the best things you can do to protect yourself and others. The current flu vaccine is effective until a new one is released, so there is still time to get your annual shot.