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Fighting the Flu

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.

And if you don’t get the flu, you can’t give it to anyone else!

Flu can be serious
Some people say “the flu is no big deal,” but that is simply not true.  The flu can cause mild illness or it can be serious.  The flu can lead to hospital care or cause death.  Each year, the flu leads to about 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths.  In addition, people who have asthma, diabetes, heart disease or certain other medical problems are at higher risk for flu complications.

Flu can be prevented
Get a flu vaccine.  The best way to prevent the flu to get a flu shot every year.  Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it also protects your family and friends.  If you don’t get the flu, you can’t spread the flu!  Everyone who is six months of age and older should receive a flu vaccine.

These other steps also help prevent the flu:

  • Cover your cough.  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Don't forget to throw away the tissue.
  • Wash your hands often.  Use soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  Wash every time you eat, handle food, use the bathroom, change a diaper, touch a wound, blood or body fluids, and when your hands look or feel dirty.   
  • Stay home when you are sick.  If you are sick, stay home from work, school and running errands (unless you need to seek medical care).  Stay home until it's been 24 hours since you've had a fever (100°F).  Avoid close contact with others.  This will help keep others from catching your illness.

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