With the more than 74,560 lab-confirmed flu cases in the U.S., according to data collected by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s very important to take preventative measures so you and your family doesn’t catch the dreaded virus.

Get a flu shot

The first line of defense against the flu is to make sure your immune system has the anti-bodies needed to fight off the virus. Although it’s best to get your shot by the end of October, before flu season peaks between November and March, according to the CDC, it’s not too late to get one now — the virus can continue to spread until May.

Stay at least three feet away from anyone who’s coughing or sneezing

The flu virus is a parasite that hangs around in respiratory secretions that travel through the air in small droplets; when projected by a cough or sneeze, they can fly about three feet before gravity takes over. So, make sure to stay far away to prevent the germs from reaching you.

Wash your hands after touching any communal surfaces.

Whether you’re in a public place or in your home, it’s smart to wash your hands after handling any commonly touched surfaces, using soap and water afterward. Lather up for at least 20 seconds, then rinse under water, and air dry or pat dry with a clean towel.

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