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Fighting the Flu

STAY HEALTHY The best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get a flu shot. DEREK DAVIS—PORTLAND PRESS HERALD/GETTY IMAGES

More than 6 million people in the United States have gotten the flu this season, according to a report released on January 11. The report is by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Flu activity is widespread in many states,” Dr. Alicia Fry told the New York Times. Fry works for the CDC’s influenza division.

The flu is a disease caused by the influenza virus. It is contagious. Symptoms include fever, chills, and tiredness. Flu season typically runs from October to March in the U.S. Last year’s flu season had the highest number of reported cases since 2009.

Washing your hands frequently with soap and water will lower your chances of getting the flu. But a flu shot is the most effective way to reduce the risk. “It’s really not too late to get vaccinated,” Fry says.