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The Flu and the Importance of Handwashing to Prevent the Spread of the Flu

Influenza, also know as the flu, is a highly contagious viral respiratory tract infection. It is estimated that each year, the flu affects 10-20% of the United States population. 

Symptoms of the flu include abrupt onset of fever, muscle aches, sore throat, a nonproductive cough, headache, and extreme fatigue. You can take preventive measures to avoid the flu by: being diligent about hand washing; disinfecting shared surfaces like phones, door knobs and keyboards; limiting contact with anyone infected with the flu; and especially by getting the influenza vaccine. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting the flu shot every year, between September and mid-November, before the flu season hits (usually December to April). The flu shot takes one to two weeks to become effective. 

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