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Also, “If you think you may have the flu, call your health-care provider right away and ask if Tamiflu is appropriate for you, as that can lessen the severity and duration of the flu,” she said.
Some tips others have offered:
- People with fever should remain home until they've been fever-free for 24 hours.
- Cough into your sleeve, and avoid shaking hands — a fist-bump is a good alternative.
- During flu season it's especially helpful to sleep well, eat well, stay hydrated and stay away from sick people.
The flu can be detected throughout the year in the United States, but it is most common during the fall and winter, Bailer said. The flu season typically starts in October, and usually peaks between December and February, “although activity can last as late as May,” Bailer said.