Published November 23, 2022
With the flu season upon us earlier than ever, there are ways you can keep your family safe while still gathering with family and friends.
Respiratory illnesses, such as the flu and RSV, are cropping up sooner and at a higher rate than we’ve seen in previous years.
The best way to protect yourself from all respiratory illnesses is to be vaccinated against them. Vaccines usually take two weeks to be effective protection. According to early data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a release from the Erie County Department of Health, the current flu vaccine is effective against the current influenza viruses that are circulating.
Regardless of your vaccination status, you can practice the following to reduce the risk to yourself and your loved ones:
If you feel sick, it’s important that you stay home and don’t risk spreading any respiratory illnesses, especially if members of vulnerable populations will be there.
If someone in your household is sick with a respiratory illness, those they live with should remain at home and avoid gatherings. It’s recommended that the sick person be isolated, use a facemask when around others and avoid sharing any personal items until they better.