Tips for avoiding the flu

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Flu cases in Washington are at higher-than-average levels, and health officials say the season hasn't peaked yet. In the past week, 62 infants, kids, and teens tested positive for the flu at Seattle Children's Hospital, three times more cases than a month ago.

The director of emergency medicine at Seattle Children's, Dr. Tony Woodward, stopped by KING 5 with these tips for staying healthy during the flu season:

1. Wash hands - yours and your kids' - frequently with soap and water. Adults and older children can use alcohol-based hand sanitizers for disinfecting between hand washes.
2. If your child is sick, keep them home from school or day care for at least one day after they no longer have a fever. If you're sick, stay home from work.
3. Use tissue or the crook of your elbow to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues away in a covered trash bin.
4. Remind kids to avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth, and to keep their hands away from their face.
5. Avoid sharing personal items like spoons and towels, and clean shared spaces often.

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