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Q&A: What can I do to avoid catching the flu this year?
Wash your hands
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective.
Coughing and sneezing
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, use your elbow rather than your hands to catch the droplets that come from your mouth and nose.
Get a flu shot
The single most effective precaution to avoid catching and spreading the flu is to get a vaccination—either the shot or the nose spray version of the vaccination, know as FluMist. Generally speakinig, anyone who wants to reduce the chances of getting the flu should get vaccinated. Certain people should get vaccinated every year because they are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for high-risk people. Those include: