3 Ways to Fight the Flu

September 16, 2019
3 Ways to Fight the Flu

Flu season can start as early as October and last as late as May. Make sure you and your family are prepared each year.

Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus that can lead to a hospital visit or even death. But it can easily be avoided. Take these steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

1. Get a yearly flu vaccine!

QualChoice makes it easy. Get your shot now, at any network pharmacy or from your doctor, at no out-of-pocket cost!* Just show your QualChoice ID card.

2. Take preventive action

  • Avoid close contact with sick people and while sick, limit contact with others.
  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may have germs like the flu.

3. Take antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes

  • Antiviral drugs – but not antibiotics – can treat the flu.
  • These drugs can make the illness milder and shorter.
  • They may also prevent complications.
  • Antiviral flu drugs work best when started within 2 days of getting sick. But starting them later still helps, especially if you have a high risk factor or are very sick.


Learn more and find a flu vaccine provider.

Find more flu facts at cdc.gov/flu.

*If your pharmacy benefit is not handled by QualChoice, this benefit may not be available to you. Call QualChoice Customer Service at 501.228.7111 or 800.235.7111 Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to learn more about flu shots.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)