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We are already seeing an increase in upper-respiratory and other types of illnesses this fall. With the start of flu season, it is important to remember how to best protect yourself from the illness and avoid spreading the disease.Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others. Use your best judgment – if you feel too sick to work, you probably are. Stay home and rest to avoid spreading the illness to others and give yourself a chance to heal. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of promptly. Wash your hands frequently... Read More
Influenza is the most frequent cause of death from a vaccine-preventable disease in the United States. In a study of influenza seasons from 1976–1977 through 2006–2007, the estimated number of annual influenza-associated deaths from respiratory and circulatory causes ranged from a low of 3,349 (1985–1986 season) to a high of 48,614 (2003–2004 season), with an average of 23,607 influenza-associated deaths. In addition to fatalities, seasonal influenza is responsible for more than 200,000 hospitalizations per year. Rates of infection from seasonal influenza are highest among children, but... Read More
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