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Stay Healthy this flu season

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a special flu season update that the current flu vaccine may not be as effective due to two additional strains of the flu virus that have developed. If you have not gotten a flu shot this year, we encourage you to get one.

Whether you have had a flu shot or not, we recommend:
1. Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes. The flu virus lives for a long time on any surface, and when touched can spread directly to your mucous membranes (particularly eyes and nose) and thereby enter your body.

2. Wash your hands regularly and always carry a small container of “hand sanitizer” (alcohol gel). Routinely cleaning your hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer, will kill germs and the flu virus. Avoid shaking hands, if at all possible.

3. Avoid people with “cold/flu” symptoms. Unfortunately, flu can be spread long before symptoms develop, but at least avoiding those who are demonstrating symptoms lowers your risk of getting sick.

4. If you begin to have flu-like symptoms contact your doctor and ask if prescription anti-flu medications are right for you. Prescription anti-flu
medications can reduce symptoms — if taken within the first few days you start feeling sick. In addition to prescribing these medications, your doctor can also suggest additional flu symptom treatments.

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