According to the Centers For Disease Control Web site (www.cdc.gov), 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications in the United States every year, and 36,000 people will die from it.
For residents who do not meet the CDC high risk guidelines and are unable to get a vaccination, it doesn't have to be a forgone conclusion that you will succumb to the viral bug.
By following some common sense rules of thumb provided on the site, you can still protect yourself from the flu.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and if you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
If at all possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent others from catching your germs.
Clean you hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from getting germs.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs often are spread when a person touches something contaminated with germs, then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.
Other ways to help avoid the flu this season are to get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
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