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Be a flu fighter!

​​​​​​​Your child complains of a sore throat. Your co-worker keeps blowing her runny nose. The man in line behind you has a coughing fit.

 
Flu season is upon us and this year is shaping up to be a doozy. Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection with symptoms that vary from person to person, but usually include:
  • ​Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Fatigue
​Since the flu is so contagious, protecting yourself and your loved ones is very important. Here are a few tips to help you fight the flu this season:
  1. Get the flu shot, particularly if you are at high risk​ for complications or if you could potentially spread the flu to someone at high risk. Click here to find a flu shot clinic near you.
  2. Wash your hands often – and properly​! – especially after sneezing and blowing your nose, and before preparing food and/or eating.
  3. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer throughout the day to kill any germs you might pick up.
  4. Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm or a tissue, and clean your hands afterwards.
  5. Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
  6. Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, keyboards and phones.
  7. Improve your immune system by eating healthy, staying hydrated and getting active.
  8. If you don’t feel well, stay home to avoid spreading your illness to others.