How to help avoid the flu

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To help avoid spreading germs, wash your hands regularly and cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow, not your hands when you cough or sneeze. Valley News/Courtesy photo
A sore throat, a headache, body aches or a persistent cough. We’ve all had those symptoms, and it’s easy to immediately chalk it up to a common cold. But what if it’s a more serious virus, like the flu? Last year’s widespread influenza season was the longest in 10 years, lasting 21 weeks and infecting more than 37 million Americans. Preliminary results estimate the flu killed between 36,400 and 61,200 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also resulted in nearly 650,000 hospitalizations. As winter nears, consider these tips on how to help yourself and those around you manage the flu season. Avoid spreading germs. To help avoid spreading germs, wash your hands regularly and cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow, not your hands w
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