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5 Ways to Fight the Flu


The flu is annoying enough on its own. So it doesn't help that flu
season falls at one of the most exciting times of the year. To avoid
missing out on sports events, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving feasts,
and holiday fun, follow these tips:


  1. Get the flu vaccine. It's the best way to protect yourself against the flu. Hate shots? Most teens
    can get the flu vaccine as a nasal spray. Getting vaccinated doesn't
    just protect your own health. It also helps the people around you
    because there's less chance you'll catch the flu and pass it on.

    This year, the flu vaccine includes immunization against regular flu viruses and the H1N1 (swine) flu. So there's no need to get two separate vaccines.
  2. Wash your hands often. In addition to getting the
    flu vaccine, hand washing is an important line of defense against germs
    like flu viruses. Why? The body takes about 2 weeks to build immunity
    after a flu vaccine — and even a vaccine isn't foolproof if a new strain
    of virus starts making the rounds. Hand washing also helps protect
    against other germs and illnesses that there aren't vaccines for, like
    the common cold.

    Wash your hands after using the bathroom; after coughing or sneezing;
    before putting in or removing contact lenses; before using makeup; and
    before eating, serving, or preparing food. The great thing about hand
    washing is it's easy protection.
    So get in the habit of washing your hands when you come home from
    school, the mall, a movie, or anywhere else where you're around a lot of
    people.
  3. Keep your distance if someone is sick (coughing, sneezing, etc.).
    Flu viruses travel through the air, so try to stay away from people who
    look sick. Of course, people who have the flu virus don't always look
    sick. That's where vaccines and hand washing come in.

    It's also a good idea to avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth — three places flu viruses can easily enter the body.
  4. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow — not into your hands. That way, you're not spreading the virus when you touch surfaces that other people may touch too.
  5. Stay home if you have the flu. You don't want to
    pass your germs to someone else. And staying home is a great excuse to
    curl up and watch your favorite movie, play video games, or read. Rest
    can help the body recover faster.


You also can fight the flu on a daily basis by keeping your immune
system strong. Some great immune boosters are getting enough sleep,
eating healthy foods (including five or more servings of fruits and
veggies a day!), drinking plenty of fluids, and getting regular
exercise.

Don't let the flu mess with your fall and winter fun. Fight back!

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