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4 Ways to Dodge the Flu

4 Ways to Dodge the Flu
By Robert Chasuk, MD, Family Physician, Baton Rouge General Physicians

Nobody has time for the flu, yet millions of Americans are infected every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, about 200,000 Americans get so sick from the flu that they require hospitalization.

That’s why taking extra care of yourself during flu season is important. Here are four ways you can reduce your risk of contracting the influenza virus.

  1. Get the flu shot every year.
  2. Control the spread of germs. Wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you sneeze/cough, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. Avoid being near someone who is obviously sick.
  4. Practice healthy habits that keep your immune system strong – eat well, get plenty of rest and reduce stress.

If you have flu symptoms – congestion, fever, headache, fatigue and dizziness – make an appointment with your physician. And if you do become sick, stay home – don’t take the chance of infecting others.

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