Ways to protect yourself from the flu

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–Currently every state except Hawaii is reporting widespread flu activity.

So far, 30 children have died linked to the flu, in the worst season in eight years.

Related: Federal officials say flu epidemic has killed at least 30 children

What can you do at home? Here are some tips:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Use paper towels instead of a towel — to limit the spread.
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve – the most common way to catch it — is through the tiny droplets in the air.
  • Use a face mask — if someone home is already sick. That’s for caregiver and patient.
  • Health experts say studies show — gargling green tea could help kill the virus.

The young and the old are most vulnerable to the deadly strains circulating. Doctors recommend that parents get sick children –especially under age five — to see them as soon as possible.

The CDC says of the 30 children who’ve died this season, about 85 percent were not vaccinated.

The nation’s health protection agency recommends that everyone 6 months and older — get the vaccine.

Related: US flu season gets worse, has ‘lot more steam’ than expected

While the flu shot is not as effective this season, the CDC says it reduces the severity of symptoms and the number of days you maybe out with it.

Remember — you can be contagious with the flu for about a week after coming down with it.

Stay home if you’re sick.

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