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Vol. 5, No. 12 | December 2013




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The Flu on Your Fingertips
Prevent Illness This Flu Season

US MED Gives Back The influenza virus can live on a person's fingers for half an hour or more, depending on the size of the droplet, according to a new Swiss study.

Experts assume most flu is transmitted by air -- tiny droplets spreading out on the air currents as the infected person coughs or talks. But this finding also suggests that flu can be transmitted by touch.

The study should encourage people to wash their hands with soap and water and keep hands away from the face. In public places, where you don't know the health status of the people around you be sure to keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.

Doctors recommend that, if you have the flu, don't go to work and share the disease with others: Stay home. Get the flu shot to give yourself the best chance of staying healthy.



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