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While current U.S. flu activity is low overall, localized influenza outbreaks have been reported and activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks, so if you haven’t gotten a flu shot, it’s still a good idea to get one.
Influenza is contagious, and although it’s caused by a virus, there are antiviral drugs that can treat the illness and prevent serious complications. Avoid contact with others and call your doctor right away if you experience:
Prevent the Flu from Spreading
Of course, simple things like frequent hand washing, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces can help, but the best way to stop the flu is to get vaccinated.
Babies must be at least 6 months old to get a flu shot, and even though everyone should get the vaccine, it’s more important for certain high-risk groups, such as toddlers and small children, adults over age 65, people with chronic diseases or weak immune systems, and women who are currently pregnant or just gave birth.