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How to Prepare Before You Get Sick

Get vaccinated! 

It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. Given the normal duration of flu season, vaccinations are often offered as late as April 1, but bear in mind that it can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to provide full protection.

Click here for information about the flu vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Keep Supplies at Home

Keep the following supplies at home to use in case someone gets the flu. Get these supplies before you or someone you care for gets sick. It can be hard to find the time or energy to go to the store to buy what you need when someone is sick.

  • A digital thermometer
  • Non-aspirin medications like Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen
  • Liquids such as water, fruit juice, soups and sports drinks
  • Soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizing gel
  • Food that is easy to digest (crackers, oatmeal, rice, etc.)
  • Extra supply of food, medicine or equipment for those with special needs
  • Cleaning supplies such as household disinfectant, paper towels, trash bags, etc.
  • The name and phone number of the family doctor

Be sure to check the expiration dates every six months.

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Main Switchboard: 617-667-7000
Find a Doctor: 800-667-5356
Directions by Phone: 617-667-3000
TDD (for hearing impaired): 800-439-0183

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