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When the leaves start turning colors and kids go back to school, it's usually the beginning of flu season. And that mean it's time to take steps to protect yourself and your family.
The flu virus spreads through the air, when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People can also pick up the germs by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
Flu symptoms include the following
Diarrhea and vomiting are more frequently seen in people with H1N1 (also known as swine flu) than in those with seasonal flu.
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get flu vaccine, which is available by shot or nasal spray. Flu season typically peaks in January or February, but early immunization is most effective at preventing the flu. Try to get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available in your area.
Those who should get the seasonal flu vaccine include the following:
If you have any of the following health issues, talk to your doctor before getting a flu vaccination:
To help yourself stay flu-free and keep from spreading the flu if you are infected, follow these tips:
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