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Flu Fighters

By Lori Storm, Editor
December 25, 2012; 12:52 PM ET

Between fever, chills and runny noses, just thinking about the upcoming flu season is enough to make you sick. Bet you didn't know that people with the flu can spread it while coughing, sneezing or even talking to people who are as much as six feet away.

Another way to catch the flu is by touching surfaces that have flu virus on them and then touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Get back to the basics of prevention to avoid the flu yourself and help keep it from spreading around your home and office.

Take a Shot: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting an annual flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent the flu. A flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months old and older.

Wash Up: Wash your hands frequently with soap and running water. Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds when you wash. To make sure, keep scrubbing while you sing 'Happy Birthday' twice through. Rinse well and be sure to dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry them.

Come Clean: Use disinfectant spray or wipes to clean frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, phones, coffee pots and copier buttons.

Play Defense: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Help your body stay healthy by eating a well-balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise.

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