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Basic sense, good hygiene key to preventing flu

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Your children might be out of school for winter break, but that doesn't mean they won't get sick.

The flu is something every parent wants to avoid, but during this time of year that can be difficult.

9 On Your Side went to Vidant Health in Greenville to get the scoop on avoiding the flu.
     
Flu season began in November and, in the east, there have been a couple of cases every week that have sent patients to the hospital.
     
For holiday travelers or for families gathering together, doctors say stay away from those you see coughing. And of course, keep your hands washed.

“If you think about it, all of us do baseball signs with our hands and pick up secretions on our hands and may pass them inadvertently on to someone else, so it’s mostly just basic sense and good hygiene,” said Dr. Keith Ramsey, Director at Brody School of Medicine.

Doctors still say one of the best ways to prevent the flu is with a flu shot. This year's shots protect against 4 different strains.

Once you get the shot, the vaccine will kick in within 7 to 10 days.
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