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Take precautions to avoid the flu


10:13 a.m., Jan. 11, 2013--According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of the country is now experiencing a high level of influenza-like illness. 

The CDC recommends influenza vaccination for those who have not yet been vaccinated this season and antiviral treatment as early as possible for those who get sick and are at high risk of flu complications.

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UD's Student Health Services has seen only a slight increase in cases on the campus, but an increasing number of cases are being reported at local hospitals throughout the state.

Student Health Services does not have flu vaccines; students and staff members interested in getting vaccinations should check with local pharmacies and family physicians.

Additional information about flu immunizations is available on the state Division of Public Health website

In addition to getting the vaccine, the CDC recommends taking everyday preventive actions:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it in the trash after use.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If they are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

• If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities.

• When sick, limit your contact with others as much as possible.

For more information, visit the CDC website

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