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Flu remains a problem in 45 states

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Flu activity remains widespread in 45 states and Puerto Rico. In 32 states, as well as New York City and Washington, D.C., activity remains high.

Flu season started early this year and was more intense than usual. Although the worst part is "over," the death rate in children is still growing.

The flu numbers have declined quite drastically, but some families are still battling against the virus, especially when it comes to children.

The last number of pediatric deaths nationwide is around 114, and that number might continue to grow.

But how can you fight the flu at home? Even the CDC says that washing your hands frequently is a "do-it-yourself" vaccine.
 
To prevent the spread of germs, always use a tissue when you have to sneeze or cough. If you do not have a tissue available, use your elbow. And remember to frequently wash your hands, rubbing them for at least 20 seconds. Make sure you scrub between fingers and nails, as well.

Some patients are afraid of getting the flu vaccine because they think they might get sick. Be advised, you may have flu like symptoms but this is completely normal.

After being sick a lot of people wonder when is it safe to go back to work or school. The answer is 24 hours after a fever not being present.

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