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Protect yourself, your family from the flu
By Michael Wright, Managing Editor
Sep 11, 2012, 16:43

As temperatures begin to cool down and seasons change, the time has come to once again think about protecting yourself and your family from influenza, or the flu.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), everyone 6 months of age or older should take the flu vaccine which, according to the agency, is “the best way to protect yourself from the flu.”
In addition to the vaccine, there are other precautions that you and your family may take to help reduce the chance of coming down with the flu.
HHS notes that simple, everyday precautions such as washing your hands can help protect your health. In addition you should also:
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, which is the way germs are spread
• Avoid close contact with sick individuals
• Get plenty of sleep and exercise regularly
• Manage your stress
• Drink plenty of fluids
• Eat healthy food
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough. Discard the tissue in the trash after use
• If you believe you have the flu or have flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines
Find the full story in the Sept. 9 print edition.