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Flu Season Information Center

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Quick tips for preventing the flu.

Rather than focusing on the best ways to treat the flu once sick, nearly 70% of Americans are now taking preventative steps to avoid to contracting the virus all together. Below are the best ways to do that.

Wash and sanitize hands

Wash your hands often using soap and warm water. Alcohol-based sanitizers are effective as well.

Cough or sneeze into a tissue or elbow

Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands. Germs that cause many illnesses are spread by touch.

Watch out for germ hot zones

Since germs have the ability to survive on contaminated surfaces, 80% of viruses are spread by touch. Disinfect these areas often.

Stay home when you are sick

The best way to prevent the spread of germs is to limit your exposure to others.

Vaccinations are important

According to the CDC, the effectiveness of annual flu vaccinations depends on the characteristics of the person being vaccinated (age and health) and how closely the vaccination matches the seasonal strain of the virus. Despite these variables, vaccinations remain the best way to avoid contracting the virus. Even if you do come down with the virus after receiving a vaccination, it can make mitigate its effects and make for a milder illness.

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