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Sick season

Influenza spike reported across nation

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The CDC encourages people to learn how to avoid contracting and spreading the flu.

Much of the United States is experiencing widespread flu activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Jan. 26.

The organization is reminding people that influenza is spread through social contact. Symptoms include high fever, chills, fatigue and nausea. Complications can lead to serious ailments.

To prevent contracting or spreading the flu, take the following steps:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • If possible, stay home when you’re ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Fortify your immune system by getting plenty of sleep, drinking fluids and eating nutritious food.

Every year, the CDC recommends individuals 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine.

The CDC site’s flu section and the Health and Wellness Resources LiteBlue page have additional tips and guidelines.

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