Break out the hand sanitizer, tissues and Airborne. The CDC has declared the state of Florida as well as 40 other states as having widespread cases of influenza.
To avoid getting the flu, the CDC recommends everyone get vaccinated, especially children, the elderly, pregnant women, the chronically ill, those who live in group housing or who care for anyone in high risk categories.
Most doctors will recommend getting vaccinated, but if you already have the symptoms, it's too late. Talk to your doctor if you experience a fever of 102-103 degrees for more than a day or so. A prescription for Tamiflu will help shorten the life of the virus.
There are two main strains of the flu, A H1N1 swine flu and A H3N3. These can be prevented by this year's flu vaccines, offered at most clinics and drugstores.
To prevent getting sick and spreading the virus, follow these steps:
- Get vaccinated
- Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching eyes, hands and mouth
- Stay home when sick
- Cover mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Disinfect keyboards, any other shared items at home or work
- Stay hydrated, rest properly and eat well