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Don’t Get, Don’t Spread: Seasonal Flu

November 4, 2019


Questions on many
people’s minds are, “What can I do to protect myself
from getting the flu?” and, “If I get the flu, how can I be sure not to spread
it to others if I get sick?” Dr. Bresee, what are some
of the things people can do to avoid getting the flu? DR. JOE BRESEE:
First, remember that flu spreads when a sick person coughs
or sneezes flu germs onto other people or onto surfaces
that other people may touch. So we can reduce our risk
of becoming ill with an influenza virus
by washing our hands often or staying away
from other sick people. Also, of course,
CDC recommends that each year, people get vaccinated against
seasonal influenza viruses to protect themselves. Now, if we do get the flu, what should we do
to avoid spreading it to others? Well, first, if you’re sick,
stay home from work or school to avoid being around
as many people as possible. Second, we recommend
that you cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
to avoid spreading the germs. A face mask can work for this,
as well. And if you don’t have
a face mask, use a tissue. Where can we find
this information if we need to remind ourselves
in the future? People should visit
www.flu.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO. Thank you, Doctor.

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