The Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) are teaming up for a fourth season to help Hoosiers beat influenza (flu). Football season is flu season, and your best line of defense is to get vaccinated against the virus. The flu vaccine is safe, effective, and offers the best protection against the spread of flu. Even if you've had a flu shot before, it's important to get one every year. Watch Anthony Castonzo and ISDH Deputy Commissioner, Pam Pontones talk about influenza here.
The best game plan for Hoosiers to stop the spread of the flu is to get a flu shot and follow the "3 Cs":
Clean – Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water.
Cover – Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm or a disposable tissue.
Contain – Stay home from work or school when you're sick to keep your germs from spreading.
Influenza vaccines are offered from a variety of health care providers besides your doctor. You can find a provider near you with this interactive map. Finish "Finish")
Keep in mind that antibiotics do not treat colds or the flu. Colds and flu are caused by viruses, while antibiotics treat infections caused by bacteria. In fact, taking antibiotics when they aren't needed leads to antibiotic resistance, which means bacteria no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them.
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Get geared up this season to help the Hoosier team fight flu. Get vaccinated!