Friday, February 16, 2018 09:15 AM


FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You've caught the flu[1], but you have to go to work and you can't desert your family. What do you do?

Believe it or not, one expert says there are ways to stem the spread of sickness -- even if you can't avoid being around other people.

It sounds like a tall order during this brutal flu season, with 48 U.S. states reporting widespread infection and no signs that things are easing up. On top of that, people are being hospitalized with flu complications in record numbers -- almost 60 per 100,000 people for the week ending Feb. 3.

"Overall hospitalizations are now significantly higher than what we've seen for this time of year since our current tracking system began almost a decade ago, in 2010," Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said last week.

Despite those scary statistics, you can improve the odds for others even if you are in the flu[2]'s grip.

First, the basics: "If you have to ...

News source: WebMD

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