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Flu Prevention for Individuals and Families
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Influenza is a respiratory illness that can be very serious, even for healthy people. Everyone over 6 months of age should get a flu immunization to protect themselves and those around them from getting sick. It's also important to wash your hands, cover your cough and stay home when ill to avoid spreading the flu to others.

flu.gov: what to do to avoid the flu
Influenza is highly contagious - people can spread the flu even if they don't know they are sick. A few simple, everyday steps will help protect you from the flu.
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How to know when you need help. People who have severe illness or are at high risk for flu complications should contact a healthcare provider, who will determine whether treatment is needed.
Child sneezing
Did you know that the flu virus can live for two hours or more on hard surfaces like doorknobs, tables and desks? Read more...
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Answers to common questions about influenza, including what to do if you or another person gets sick, when to see a doctor and what to do if you don't have insurance.
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How long should you stay home when you're sick? If you have flu-like symptoms, you should stay at home and avoid contact with others for the recommended amount of time, except when necessary to seek medical care.
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Most people who get the flu will recover on their own after a week or so and don’t need to see a doctor. If flu symptoms become severe, you may need to seek medical care.
Child sick in bed
Keep these guidelines in mind if you are responsible for someone ill with the flu.
Traveling
What to know if you're traveling during flu season.