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This week's flu report shows that flu activity is now considered "widespread", which means that we're seeing more and more flu in our communities. Most flu seasons don't really peak until well in February and even early March, so there's still time to protect yourself and your family from the flu.

First, if you haven't gotten vaccinated yet it's not too late. Contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated. Or if it's more convenient, find a flu clinic in your area on this searchable database.

Second, we can all work to stop the spread of illness by taking a few simple steps in our daily lives. When you feel a sneeze or cough coming on, cover your mouth with your inner sleeve rather than your hands, or use a tissue. Wash your hands often using soap and warm water. And if you're sick, stay home from work or school so you don't spread it around.

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