5 Ways To Fight The Flu

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- It seems like the flu is everywhere this year. The CDC said it saw widespread flu activity in 35 states, including Kansas, last week, up from 25 states the previous week.

To help contain it, the American Red Cross recommends taking the following five steps if you're sick or haven't caught it yet.

If you are sick they also say you should receive immediate medical if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • Fast breathing, trouble breathing or bluish skin color.
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen (adults).
  • Confusion or sudden dizziness.
  • Not drinking enough fluids, not being able to eat, or severe or persistent vomiting.
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
  • Children - not waking up, being so irritable that the child does not want to be held or not interacting. Fever with a rash. No tears when crying or significantly fewer wet diapers than normal.

1. Stay home if sick.

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2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

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3. Cover the nose and mouth

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Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away after use. If that’s not possible, cough or sneeze into the elbow, not the hands. People with the flu can spread it to others about six feet away through coughs and sneezes.

4. Wash hands often

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Wash hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand-rub.

5. Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth.

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