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The Facts on the Flu

Seasonal flu is a serious illness, putting 200,000 people in the hospital and killing another 36,000 each year. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated for flu. The only exceptions are people with a severe allergy to eggs or to a vaccine component. Washing your hands often, and coughing and sneezing into a tissue or into the inside your elbow, will also help keep you and others healthy.

Flu shot on calendarFive Ways to Fight the Flu

  1. Know the symptoms.
  2. Get vaccinated.
  3. Wash your hands.
  4. Cover your cough and sneeze.
  5. Stay home if you have symptoms of the flu.

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted December 2011

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