Health Tip: Protect Yourself From Flu

(HealthDay News) -- There are no guarantees that you'll never get the flu, but with these precautions suggested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your risk may be reduced:

  • Get a flu vaccine, especially if you have a chronic health condition and are at higher risk for the flu.
  • If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, then throw it away.
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you have the flu, try to stay away from healthy people. The CDC suggests staying home for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks.

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