As anyone who works in healthcare knows, flu season comes around in the fall every year and lasts for several months. Preventing the spread of the illness is a priority among healthcare workers, not only for their own health, but also for their patients.

New nurses should get a flu vaccine annually. Anyone can get the flu, even if they’re in good health, and doctors and nurses are exposed to the germs almost daily. The germs can be spread not only from patients experiencing symptoms, but also those who aren’t experiencing typical symptoms like fever, chills, muscle pain or weakness, cough, and congestion.

The best way for nurses to protect themselves, their family and their patients is by getting the flu vaccine each year.