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The Best Ways to Prevent the Flu

UPDATED October 28, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

The influenza virus, or more commonly known as the flu, is a wintertime ravage with symptoms that range from very mild to life-threatening. Fever, sore throat and cough, runny or stuffy nose, and fatigue are just some of the signs and symptoms of the flu virus. What can you do to prevent the flu?

  • Get a flu vaccine. Available right now at a doctor`s office, your local pharmacy and clinics.
  • Try to avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • If you are sick, avoid exposing others by staying home from work or school for at least 24 hours.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing to avoid spreading disease.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Take any flu drugs if you`re prescribed them.

During the late winter, the peak of the flu season, the virus can be widespread across the U.S. For healthy adults, the flu can be a nuisance; but for the young and old, it can be debilitating or even fatal, so it is important to keep the flu from spreading.

WeatherBug`s Cold and Flu page offers a range of flu facts including the latest flu activity in every U.S. state.

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