Copley Hospital will hold public flu vaccine clinics for adults Nov. 18 and 21 at its Health Center Building, 530 Washington Highway, Morrisville.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and recommends that people get vaccinated before the flu begins spreading in their community. Generally, flu season in the United States runs from October to May, with peak season between December and March.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to protect against flu to develop in your body.

Copley Hospital’s flu clinics: Monday, Nov. 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. and Thursday, Nov. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m.

If you have insurance, bring your insurance card so the hospital can bill accordingly. Cash or checks will be accepted for those without insurance.

Beyond vaccine, Copley tips for fighting the flu:

• Wash hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

• Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

• Avoid close contact with sick people.

• Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.

• If you get flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever goes away without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

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