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The seasons are changing and the temperature falls. This means the start of the flu season. Infection of the nose, throat and lungs, virus can attack all people, even those who are in good health, causing mild to severe illness. Dr. John Sensaković, an infectious disease specialist with Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center, Edison, shares 10 tips to prevent the spread of flu this winter.

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  1. Take the flu. Anyone older than 6 months and older should receive an influenza vaccine. This is the best way to prevent it. It is especially important for people at high risk: small children, pregnant women, those over 65 years of age and people with chronic health conditions.

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  2. Help saves lives. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the flu vaccine can significantly reduce the risk of death of children from influenza. If you do not get a flu, you can spread the virus to others.

  3. Wash your hands. It is often advised to wash your hands with soap and hot water. Also use a hand sanitizer liquid for killing bacteria.

  4. Avoid close contact with sick people. Stay home from work or school if you have symptoms like flu. Your fever should disappear for at least 24 hours without taking a fever to reduce your temperature before returning to work / school.

  5. Cover up. When you kneel or cough, it is. Your elbow is a suitable lid when you do not have time to grab the tissue. Do not forget to remove the tissue used and wash your hands immediately.

  6. Do not touch. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose as the bacteria spread rapidly. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces at your workplace, school, and home to kill your calls.

  7. Practice healthy habits. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and sleep enough to keep your body strong.

  8. It's not late. The activity of the flu can start already in October, with a peak period from December to February, which lasts until May. It is not too late to get flu at any time during this period.

  9. Find a video. Stop at the local pharmacy or emergency center. Check with a family doctor. If your employer offers shooting at the site, use it. Check with your city. Visit the Vaccine Finder website (https: //vaccinefinder.org/).

  10. Cold or flu? Both affect the respiratory system and have similar symptoms. Along with cold prevailing liquid, sore nose and mild symptoms. Symptoms of influenza can include cough, throat pain, fever, muscle and body aches, headache and tiredness. Check to determine if you have a flu – visit a doctor or emergency center.

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Dr. John Sensaković, an infectious disease specialist with Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center, (Photo: ~ Courtesy of Hackensack Meridian Health)

Dr. John Sensaković is a specialist of infectious diseases with the Hackensack Medical Health JFK Medical Center.

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