How can you catch the flu?
The flu is contracted by breathing in contaminated air from someone who has the virus, or by touching something that has the flu virus on it and then touching your nose or mouth.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
Symptoms of the flu include:
- Sudden onset of fever
- Extreme tiredness
- Muscle aches
- Couch and/or sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
What can you do to prevent the flu?
Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to prevent catching the flu. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all people over the age of 6 months receive an annual flu vaccine.
To prevent contracting the flu, you should also:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Wash your hands often to protect against germs
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth in case your hands are contaminated with the illness
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