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    8 Fall Tips for Healthy Living

    There's no need to pack on pounds or fall ill this autumn.

    3. Quit Smoking: You Won't Gain Weight continued...

    To quit successfully, experts agree, get help and support from your doctor, family, friends, and co-workers. A doctor or mental health professional can help you tailor an approach that best suits you. There are many FDA-approved medications to help people quit smoking.

    Combine medication with other quit strategies -- like avoiding your smoking triggers or changing your daily routine -- and you greatly increase your odds of quitting for good.

    Another tip: Some foods and drinks make cigarettes taste better; some make them taste worse. Try eating more vegetables and less meat -- and swap that coffee (or alcohol) for a glass of milk. Let your taste buds stifle those cravings!

    4. Flu Vaccine? Who? You.

    As temperatures get chillier and people spend more time indoors, flu season sneaks in. Because the flu virus can infect the lungs, it can cause a serious complication like pneumonia -- which can require hospitalization, even lead to death. That's why certain people must get a flu shot.

    October or November is the best time to get vaccinated, but you can still get vaccinated in December or later. Flu season can start as early as October and last as late as May.

    If you live with or care for a child under 2 years old, you are in a priority group for flu shots.

    There are two types of flu vaccines: flu shots and nasal sprays. The flu shot vaccine is recommended for:

    • Children aged 6 months to 19 years.
    • Pregnant women.
    • People age 50 and older.
    • People of any age with chronic medical conditions such as asthma.
    • People living in nursing homes or other long-term facilities.

    Others who could get Flu Mist nasal spray include healthy people 2-49 years old who are not pregnant.

    Also, protect yourself and your child from catching or spreading viruses:

    • Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. Throw it away afterward.
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water -- especially important after you cough or sneeze on them. Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if necessary.
    • Keep you and your baby away from people who are coughing or sneezing.
    • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth -- since that's how germs are spread

    In 2009, the H1N1 swine flu, a new flu virus, emerged. This virus spreads from person to person like seasonal flu, mainly through coughing or sneezing or sometimes by touching something that became infected with the virus. A vaccine for swine flu is in production.

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