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The flu is a serious disease that affects the body’s breathing system, including the nose, throat, and lungs. The most common symptoms include fever, cough, and sore throat. Symptoms can also include body aches, headache, chills, runny nose and feeling very tired.

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Follow these three steps to help fight the flu:

  1. Get your flu vaccine every year! CDC recommends everyone over 6 months of age get an annual flu vaccine. Some people, like young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 and older, are at higher risk of complications from the flu.
  2. Take everyday precautions, such as covering coughs and sneezes, staying away from people who are sick, proper hand washing, and staying home yourself when sick.
  3. Take flu antivirals if your doctor prescribes them. Antivirals are different from antibiotics. Antivirals can help make the illness milder and shorten the time you are sick.

In the meantime, check out our newly-updated flu website at www.mass.gov/flu for more information about flu and what you can do to stay healthy this flu season!

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Immunization Outreach Coordinator in the Bureau of Infectious Disease

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