Cases of seasonal influenza are on the rise, and you might be wondering: What can I do to keep myself and my family healthy?

Target has your flu vaccination.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionlink opens in a new window (CDC), getting a flu vaccinationlink opens in a new window is the best way to keep from getting and spreading the virus, and the good news is it’s still available at your local Target Pharmacy or Target Clinic. Check out our flu-shot-finderlink opens in a new window to find it at your nearest location. You can also text “FLU” to 827438 (TARGET) to receive a link to our mobile flu site. Since the demand for vaccinations has increased, it’s a good idea to plan for the possibility of extended walk-in wait times.

The vaccine helps protect against the three strains most likely to cause illness during the season. This year, it’s effective in protecting against the strains in circulation: the H1N1, H3N2 and Influenza B strains, so getting one will greatly reduce your chances of catching the flu this year.

We can help with your over-the-counter needs, too.
If you get sick, our Target Pharmacieslink opens in a new window and Target Clinicslink opens in a new window are here to help, and all of our stores have a range of over-the-counter (OTC) products to help you treat your symptoms and feel better faster. For example, vapor rubs, cough drops and pain-and-fever-reducers alleviate symptoms and help you sleep at night, while decongestants or a Neti pot can help loosen congestion and clear your nose and throat. We also carry products that help stop the spread of germs, such as tissues, antibacterial soaps, spray, wipes and hand sanitizers.

Keeping the community healthy, together.
Target values the health and safety of our guests, team members and communities, and we’re taking steps to lessen the risk of spreading the virus in our stores. For example, we offer disposable cart wipes in the entrances of every store to sanitize shopping cart handles, child seats and other parts of our carts and baskets before using them. We’re also sharing flu prevention tips and resources with our team members across the country.

Other tips to consider this season
There are lots of other things you can do link opens in a new windowduring the flu season to protect yourself and limit the spread of germs. For example, the CDC recommends knowing the symptomslink opens in a new window (flu is different than a cold) and if you get sick, doing what you can to avoid exposing otherslink opens in a new window. Here are a few important tips to remember:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water to remove germs from your skin and help prevent diseases from spreading.
  • Use waterless alcohol-based gels (containing at least 60 percent alcohol) when soap is not available and hands are not visibly dirty.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and put your used tissue in a wastebasket.
  •  If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as germs can be spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Follow the advice of local health and government authorities.

Check out A Bullseye View, Target’s online magazine, for more flu facts from Dr. Kevin Ronneberg, Target’s Associate Medical Director.

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