What you can do to avoid the flu

Georgia Department of Health Flu Shot Benefits

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Department of Public Health said that typically now is the time when we begin seeing an upswing in reported flu cases.

Medical professionals offered some advice on what you can do to lower your chances of contracting the flu.

First, they suggest frequent and thorough hand washing.

Experts also said you should avoid touching your face and remember to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

Lastly, they highly encourage getting your flu shot.

“We want to make sure that we get a handle on this before it gets worse. Last year, we had a very high flu season compared to past years. We really want to make sure that we get a message out to help prevent, that way we don’t have a repeat of last year," said Kenneth Lowery, a South Health District epidemiologist.

Officials also said you should stay home from work or school if you are sick to keep from spreading germs.

If you do contract the flu, sufferers should not return to work until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours.

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