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IDPH: Not too late to avoid flu during holidays

(Source: Nichole Cartmell/KFVS) (Source: Nichole Cartmell/KFVS)

With Christmas right around the corner, that means a lot more celebrations with friends and family.

It also means a better chance to get the flu.

That is why the Illinois Department of Public Health is warning people it is not too late to vaccinate against the flu during National Influenza week.

According to IDPH, flu activity usually peaks between December and February, a time when many people are out and about.

The good news, IDPH says, the flu vaccine is usually the best defense against getting the flu and can easily protect you and your loved ones during the holidays.

IDPH reports every season, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of deaths. Even healthy people can get sick from the flu.

In addition to getting the flu vaccine, IDPH says it is good to remember the three C's:

  • Clean – frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water.
  • Cover – cover your cough and sneeze.

  • Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.

Influenza antiviral drugs can be a second line of defense for treatment of some who get sick with flu and can lessen the duration and severity of symptoms.

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