Tips to help avoid the flu this winter

Tips to help avoid the flu this winter

It is a pretty nasty flu season, emergency rooms are filled to the brim with sick patients and according to the CDC's latest report, the United States is in the midst of a flu epidemic.

While it is not completely preventable, even with the flu shot, there are some things you can do to protect yourself.

The CDC recommends washing your hands as much as possible. the organization suggests washing with warm water and soap for 20 seconds.

"People are always touching their face, doing something like touching the doorknob, so make sure you're washing your hands a lot during the winter time is just great particularly if you're going to be around sick people," said Dr. Richard Lampe.

Dr. Lampe said you should also use those wipes at the grocery store in order to disinfect your cart.

"Usually the influenza virus won't be alive for more than 20-30 minutes in that regard but it's good to be clean and so sometimes I've seen people carry little hand sanitizer bottles with them if they're going to be out in the public a lot."

If you already have the flu, he said you can still help stop it from spreading.

"Cover your cough and use your elbow with a shirt," he said. "Don't go to the office or to the hospital or wherever you work or school and give it to other people. Stay home until your better."

For a full list of tips, visit the Center for Disease's website.

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