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Yellow yield sign that says flu season ahead

Cold weather is here and with the first frost of the season comes the coughing, sniffling, and sneezing that heralds in flu season. During this time of year it’s important to remember how to avoid contracting the flu and what to do if you get sick.

Employ these preventative steps to have a flu-free winter:

  • Get the vaccine. Find a flu clinic near you and get yours today.
  • Take precautions to stop germs from spreading.
    • Frequently wash your hands with soap and hot water or an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
    • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
    • Don’t touch your mouth, nose, or eyes often.
    • Disinfect surfaces in your home to stop germs, especially if a family member is already sick.
    • Bundle up in warm clothes before leaving your home.
      • Getting a chill can make you more susceptible to germs.

Even after taking all these steps it’s still possible to contract the flu virus. If you get the flu, know how to recover quickly and avoid spreading it to others. Symptoms of the flu include fever, vomiting, cough, sore throat, body aches, and more. Fight the virus with these tips:

Now that you know how to protect yourself from the flu, have a happy, healthy flu season!

Tweet @massgov how you stay healthy during flu season.

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