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The latest weekly flu report shows an increase in rates of flu-like illness during the past seven days. Flu season is certainly here in New England – but there are some simple, common-sense steps that you can take to keep from getting or spreading the flu. First, get a flu shot – flu vaccine is still your best protection against getting the flu, and it’s still widely available from health care providers and pharmacies. Second, wash your hands with soap and warm water often throughout the day. Third, cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve, not your hands. And fourth – if you do get sick – please try to stay home from school or work.

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