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Protect yourself this flu season

There have already been 3 influenza deaths in L.A. and Orange County this season. Check out these tips to stay healthy.
Friday, January 3, 2014

Flu season is here, and it leads to hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations every year in the U.S. Here are some tips from the Center for Disease Control that can help you keep the flu at bay.

-Get the flu shot

  • Everyone 6 months old or older should be vaccinated.
  • People at high risk of flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people 65 years or older, and people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.
  • Click here to find out where you can get the flu shot.
  • UCLA students can sign up for free flu shots on campus here.

-Wash your hands often

-Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze

-Stay home from work if you are sick

-Disinfect surfaces and objects that may have been contaminated by germs like the flu

Click for more info on the flu prevention from the CDC

The L.A. Times reported Orange County’s first flu-related death this season on Jan 2. A 28-year-old woman in San Juan Capistrano with an underlying medical condition died of the H1N1 influenza strain. The flu vaccine covers H1N1 and other influenza strains, and is available as a shot or a nasal spray.

Click to read the full article