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What You Should Know About the Flu

From getting vaccinated to washing your hands properly, understand the flu basics to keep your family in the clear. Video courtesy of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

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-Most important thing to know about flu is you don't want to get it. Flu is much more severe than the common cold or the stomach flu. We're talking influenza. It's a very severe disease. It's gonna keep you out of school. It's gonna keep you out of work for an average of 3 days. So, the best thing to do with the flu is not to get it. Most important thing: Make sure you get your flu vaccine every fall when it's being offered. Flu vaccine can be given to anyone of any age above 6 months and it will work about 70 to 90 percent of the time. You won't get the flu at all. And when you do get it, it's gonna be much milder than it would be if you had gotten the full blown flu. The second thing is once flu starts circulating, avoid it, so stay out of crowds where there's a lot of people who are sick or coughing. Make sure if you have the flu that you're coughing into your sleeve, not on to other people or on to your hands and then wash the hands frequently. Soap and water is the best way to get rid of the flu or use one of the alcohol-based hand gels.