According to experts, the flu is around all of us. So what can we do to protect ourselves against it? Evidence shows that getting vaccinated is the best defense. But what most people don't realize is how important that vaccine is. As scary as it might be, you can die from the flu even if you're healthy.
A recent study showed 840 children died from the flu between 2004 and 2012, but that's not the shocking news. Almost half of those kids didn't have any of the high risk factors basically they were healthy young people. 5 News talked to a local doctor and he said basic hygiene is another great tip.
"Just washing my hands, coughing into my sleeve, and throwing a dirty tissue away can prevent the transmission of disease. This is hundreds of years we've known, simple hygiene prevents the spread of contagious illness. We just need to do it," said Dr. Mark Povroznik, Quality Care Officer at UHC.
A virus can stay on any surface for up to 8 hours and your eyes, nose, and mouth are usually the first places a virus gets in. So make sure you follow basic hygiene rules.