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What can you do to protect yourself from influenza other than getting vaccinated?

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You can help avoid the flu if you:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer often.
  • Quit smoking. The bad habit damages your respiratory tract. Limit alcohol. Both can make you more likely to catch infections.
  • Avoid sleeping in a room with someone who has flu. The virus is easily spread in the air.
  • Eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of fluids, and rest well to help your body fight off infections.

From: Influenza Vaccine: The Basics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

CDC. 

Immunization Action Coalition. 

American Academy of Family Physicians.

CDC: "Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine in Children 2 through 8 Years Old." 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 9, 2018

SOURCES: 

CDC. 

Immunization Action Coalition. 

American Academy of Family Physicians.

CDC: "Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine in Children 2 through 8 Years Old." 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 9, 2018

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